Ky. Coal Permit Nixed For Wastewater Treatment Deficiencies

By Sean McLernon (September 11, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT) -- A Kentucky state judge on Tuesday nixed a water pollution discharge permit for a Louisville Gas & Electric Co. coal-fired power plant, ruling that state regulators never sufficiently examined the facility's wastewater treatment methods.

A coalition of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance, convinced Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd to send the LG&E permit back to the state's Energy and Environment Cabinet. The judge said the agency must consider the environmental impact of scrubber wastewater pollutants like arsenic, mercury and selenium.

The state had argued that it had no obligation to conduct an analysis of those...

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