Hidden Camera Photos Spark $68M Ky. Coal Ash Suit

Law360, New York (March 17, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT) -- The Sierra Club used a hidden camera to capture images from a Louisville Gas & Electric Co. coal ash pond that prove the utility is violating its Clean Water Act permit, issuing on Monday a notice of intent to sue that calls for LG&E to pay $68 million in fines.

Time-lapse photos from a camera hooked up to a tree near LG&E's generating station in Mill Creek, Ky., combined with satellite images dating back from 1993, reveal that toxic coal ash is consistently pouring from the plant into the Ohio River, according to the Sierra Club. The utility's permit only allows...

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