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.
- The data which is reported to the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection demonstrates water quality surrounding our power plants has remained, and continues to remain, safe for recreational use and does not indicate any threat to drinking water supplies.
- Water quality is also monitored, tested and affirmed by each respective local water utility that provides service to the nearby areas.
Complying with the EPA’s more stringent regulations
We take aggressive measures to protect our communities’ land and water resources, and we continually invest in our facilities to comply with local, state and federal environmental regulations. This includes monitoring, measuring and reporting our facilities’ performance to the appropriate regulatory agencies.
Last year, we installed additional groundwater monitoring wells along the immediate perimeter of the utilities’ impoundments, in compliance with the EPA’s Coal Combustion Residuals Rule.
While there are indications that levels of certain metals at these locations do not meet the tightened standards under the CCR Rule, this is, in part, why we launched plans to move toward dry storage years ago, as well as closing the impoundments as filed with the Kentucky Public Service Commission in January 2016.
As a result of the more stringent CCR Rule standards, we, along with other utilities across the country, launched aggressive projects to systematically close out all of their remaining wet storage facilities – also referred to as ash ponds and surface impoundments.
In some instances, this includes building new treatment and dry storage facilities. Currently, LG&E and KU’s CCR Rule Program and dry storage projects are on time and under budget.