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East Kentucky Power Cooperative

Winchester, KY: (Jul-02-07) The US Department of Justice (DOJ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against the East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC), alleging that the cooperative had violated the Clean Air Act at three of its coal fire power plants, including the Spurlock Plant in Mason County and the Dale Plant located in Clark County. The complaint claimed EKPC modified three of its generating units, one at the Spurlock Plant and two at the Dale Plant, without first obtaining New Source Review permits or installing the best available control technology, as required by law.

In a settlement reached, the EKPC agreed to pay $750,000 in civil fines and invest more than $650 million over the next five to seven years in efforts to reduce emissions from its power plants. Under the terms of the settlement, EKPC pledged to construct projects to further reduce emissions from its power plants. EKPC plans to install and operate year-round flue-gas desulphurization equipment and associated equipment to two generating units to meet tougher standards of the Clean Air Interstate Rule and Clean Air Mercury Rule. Further, it will have annual caps on emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, have year-round operation of equipment to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide, have continuous emissions monitoring for mercury and particulate matter, and strict limitations on the purchase, sale or transfer of emissions allowances. [LEDGER INDEPENDENT: COAL FIRE CLEAN AIR]

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Published on Jul-3-07


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