Ky. coal plant's $940M update to create 700 jobs

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm •  Published: November 29, 2012
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A nearly $1 billion project to update pollution controls at a massive Louisville power plant was touted by state leaders Thursday as a boost for Kentucky's coal industry.

The upgrades at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County are expected to create about 700 construction jobs. The improved sulfur dioxide scrubbers will also allow the 1,400-megawatt plant to continue to burn coal by meeting stricter federal air regulations that go in force in 2016.

Leaders in this coal-rich state have been harshly critical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations in the past, but on Thursday they praised the pollution control project at the plant.

"This is another demonstration that you can use coal in an environmentally conscientious manner, said Len Peters, the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet.

Peters' boss, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, criticized EPA regulations in a major speech last year and told the federal agency to "get off our backs," joining elected officials in other coal states who have blamed declining coal production on tougher federal regulations and permit delays.

Rep. Jim Gooch, chairman of the House Natural Resources and Environment Committee, said Thursday that the upgrade project at the power plant is "welcome news to the coal industry, that hasn't had much to celebrate in recent months."

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