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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky's two U.S. Senators visited a Louisville power plant Monday morning to unveil a new recycling facility that will turn the byproducts of coal-burning into agricultural fertilizer.
LG&E, Kentucky's largest power company, has spent more than $13 million on the facility at the Mill Creek Generating Station. The coal-fired plant is currently undergoing a $940 million upgrade to its pollution controls.
Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul appeared at the grand opening Monday morning.
The company that built the facility says it is the first of its kind in the U.S. Entrepreneur Charles Price started the new company, Charah Inc. The company has created a process to take the trash from coal burning at the LG& E KU's Mill Creek generating station and turn it into a sulfur product used for farming.
Industry experts toured the $13 million facility with state officials saying this type of gypsum to sulfur recycling is only happening in Louisville.
LG&E reps said the recycling could save $3 million a year, and that they plan to pass that money on to customers.