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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Ohio River might be getting a bit cleaner very soon.
It's been two months since Louisville Gas and Electric was accused of dumping coal pollution into the Ohio River -- and environmental activists say they think enough is enough.
The Sierra Club and Earthjustice have filed a lawsuit against the utility company to stop the discharge of coal water. Pollutants from the plant have been steadily dumped since 1993.
The utility plant is only 500 feet from a large neighborhood, 1,000 feet from a middle school, and is violation of the Clean Water Act.
Late Wednesday afternoon, LG&E sent us a written response to the allegations:
While we do not comment on the specifics of litigation, LG&E takes its environmental responsibilities seriously. The utility industry is one of the most regulated industries in the nation.
Mill Creek’s permit allows it to return treated water to the river through either of two permitted outflow areas after the water has been treated through the ash pond settling process. Both of these outflow points are legally permitted for the release of treated water back into the river as confirmed by the Kentucky Division of Water. The Kentucky Division of Water, the state regulator that oversees the utilities’ water discharge, publicly stated Mill Creek is operating within compliance of its water discharge permit. Water is important in the process of generating electricity and is used throughout the plant in steam generation, in the cooling towers and the transport of coal combustion residuals. The company regularly monitors this water and reports the results to the regulatory agency.