Improving land and water quality

Our ongoing investments at our power plants protect the environment and communities we serve.

  • Our major environmental construction projects across our power plants continue as planned and on time to meet our customers’ needs and to ensure our compliance with local, state and federal standards.
  • We operate new CCR treatment facilities and transitioned from wet to dry handling processes and storage of our CCR materials.
  • We operate new, state-of-the-art water treatment facilities at all of our power plants to treat waters that come in contact with CCR materials.

Converting to dry management

We first embraced the idea of dry management of our coal combustion residuals – often referred to as CCRs – in 2008, well before the U.S. EPA’s CCR Rule and Effluent Limitation Guidelines. After nearly a decade of design, permitting, and construction, all of our power plants now use dry processing and management processes. Once our final dry storage facility at Trimble County is fully constructed and operational, which is expected in the spring of 2022, our full conversion to dry management across our power plant fleet will be complete.

Protecting our communities’ drinking water

LG&E and KU have a long history of groundwater monitoring that, at some locations, extends back to the early 1980s to help ensure drinking water resources for our communities remain safe. Monitoring is ongoing, and this data is collected from our active and retired coal generating stations and reported to the appropriate regulatory agencies and posted online.

Herrington Lake

We’re committed to ensuring water quality, aesthetics, and the recreational use of beautiful Herrington Lake. We recognize the lake’s recreational value to Central Kentucky and the qualities that make it a unique habitat for a variety of fish, bird, and other species.  LG&E and KU continue to coordinate with regulatory agencies and community groups to evaluate and monitor the lake’s condition.

Closing and capping our CCR impoundments

We’re in the final stages of closing all of our wet CCR storage impoundments. As of April 2021, none of LG&E and KU's wet CCR storage impoundments receive CCR materials and about 75% are closed; the remaining facilities are either under contract for closure or in advanced commercial phases of closure. This represents more than 700 acres of former storage space now closed, capped and repurposed as green space or for other operational needs since the program began in 2008. The remainder of our closure projects are expected to be complete by 2025. 

Impoundment Integrity Program

While majority of our wet CRR storage impoundments are now closed, they – as well as our dry storage facilities, other ponds, dams, and significant infrastructure – are monitored and routinely inspected by our employees, state and federal agencies and third-party engineering firms. Our program of routine inspections, regular maintenance and preventive maintenance ensures the structural integrity of our facilities remain strong.   

Emergency Action Plans

We maintain emergency action plans for all LG&E and KU dams identified as “high hazard.” This classification does not reflect the dam’s structural integrity, but rather, it’s based on the potential for damage and other risks associated with the unlikely event of a dam failure.

The emergency action plans are shared with state and local emergency management personnel and local response agencies to better coordinate any necessary actions that might be needed. Our coordination with these agencies includes annual meetings where plans and processes are reviewed and updated.

CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information

In our CCR Rule Compliance Data and Information section, you can access a wide range of documents about each of LG&E and KU’s facilities regulated by EPA’s CCR Rule.