Improving land and water quality

We’re investing in our power plants to protect the environment and the communities we serve.

  • We are moving our power plant materials to dry storage.
  • Our nearly $1 billion program is on time and under budget.
  • We are eliminating the use of ash ponds and other storage impoundments.
  • These projects meet new state water quality standards and the U.S. EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

Converting to dry storage

Converting to dry storage

We first embraced the idea of dry storage for our coal byproducts in 2008, well before the EPA’s CCR Rule. Already, our E.W. Brown, Mill Creek and Ghent power plants operate using dry storage, and our new dry storage facility is under construction at our Trimble County power plant.

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Protecting our community’s drinking water

Protecting our community’s drinking water

Under our existing regulatory permits, we have monitored groundwater at some of our power plants since the 1980s to ensure we meet safe drinking water standards and other requirements.

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Closing and capping our ash ponds and other impoundments

Closing and capping our ash ponds and other impoundments

We are systematically closing out all of our remaining storage ponds. Already, approximately one-fourth of these facilities are closed and half are under contract for closure. 

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Impoundment Integrity Programs

Impoundment Integrity Programs

We have stringent storage programs at our facilities. We monitor our storage areas to ensure structural integrity. All of our storage sites are inspected by state and federal agencies, third-party engineering firms, as well as our own engineers. As part of our inspection processes, we actively monitor our ash ponds, verify the structural integrity and conduct preventative maintenance.

Emergency Action Plans

Emergency Action Plans

We have emergency action plans for all LG&E and KU dams classified as high hazard.  It's important to note that the high hazard classification is not a measurement of the dam's structural integrity, but rather on the potential for damage if the dam were to fail.  

Consistent with standard industry practice, these emergency action plans are closely managed and shared strictly with emergency management authorities responsible for responding at a company facility.

CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information

CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information

In our CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information section, you can access the company’s plans for compliance and information about each of LG&E and KU’s facilities regulated under the EPA's Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.

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