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Cane Run neighbors file class-action suit against LG&E over coal ash

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) --  A group of Louisville residents who say coal ash from a nearby power plant drifts into their lungs and homes have filed a federal suit against the utility company.

The neighbors are seeking class action status against LG&E and its parent company, PPL Corp., alleging violations of federal environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act. The suit was filed Monday.

The residents around the Cane Run Generating Station in western Louisville have complained for years about dust blowing from the plant's massive coal ash pile. The EPA is currently considering whether to classify the ash, a byproduct of burning coal, as a hazardous material.

A spokesperson for LG&E did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The utility has said it will stop burning coal at the plant 2015.

According to the suit, LG&E and its Pennsylvania-based parent company, PPL Corp., have "allowed dangerous coal dust and coal ash to regularly escape the Cane Run Site and to continually coat its neighbors' homes and lawns with an unsightly and dangerous film of coal dust and coal ash."

The lawsuit includes photos, including the one attached to this report, which purports to show how "a cloud of coal ash was ejected from the Sludge Plant and travelled (sic) through the surrounding neighborhoods."

The plaintiffs are Kathy Little, Greg Walker, Debra Walker, Richard Evans, Phillip Whitaker and Faye Whitaker.

Additional reporting by Chris Otts of WDRB.com. Copyright 2013 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

 

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