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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Neighbors of a coal-burning power plant in Louisville are upset that plant officials took ash samples from their properties without permission and gave a confusing explanation about the purpose of the samples.
The Courier-Journal reports Louisville Gas and Electric's Cane Run plant has been the subject of complaints over ash and dust. The plant paid a $22,500 fine last spring and the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board fined the company another $24,000 in July. The second violation is still under review.
This week, utility officials issued apology letters for taking ash samples from some homes without permission. The letters seemed to imply the sampling was done at the request of the air pollution board, but that wasn't true.
Utility spokeswoman Liz Pratt blamed "poor word choice."