Target: Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear
Goal: Thank the Environmental Protection Agency for forcing Kentucky Utilities through a settlement to upgrade one of its over-polluting coal plants.
As part of a recent settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, the energy provider Kentucky Utilities will be required to spend $57 million to upgrade its coal-fired Ghent Station power plant. The company will also be required to pay civil fines for issues with sulfuric acid mist pollution around the facility. Thank the EPA for its work to prevent unnecessary harmful emissions and keep our environment safe.
As a primary component of the settlement, Kentucky Utilities will install a new control system for the plant, as well as “adhere to more stringent and permanent emission limits,” according to the EPA’s statement. The new technology will reduce sulfuric acid emissions of the plant by over two thirds. “Reducing emissions of this pollutant is vital to protecting the local environment and health of residents of this community,” said Gwendolyn Keyes-Fleming, regional administrator of the EPA Southeast Office. Kentucky Utilities will also be required to pay a $300,000 fine for lax emission controls.
Spokesman for Kentucky Utilities, Cliff Feltham, said the company is considering seeking permission from the state Public Service Commission whether it will pass along the cost of upgrades to its customers. Additionally as part of the settlement, the utility will continue to deny allegations. A final stipulation of the agreement includes Kentucky Utilities’ commitment to spend $500,000 on a project to upgrade a school in its service area from a coal heating system to new, cleaner geothermal technology. Feltham said the utility has not yet chosen a school for this undertaking.
The agreement between Kentucky Utilities and the EPA ensures that the utility will correct its errors and be forced to take responsibility for them through the payment of fines, investment in upgrades and the geothermal school project. Progressive action by the people and agency responsible for this change deserves thanks. Sign this petition to urge Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear to formally thank the EPA for its work to keep the state’s environment clean and safe.
Dear Governor Beshear,
The energy company Kentucky Utilities and the EPA recently came to a settlement requiring Kentucky Utilities to spend $57 million in upgrades at its coal-fired Ghent Station power plant in order to correct sulfuric acid emissions exceeding legal limits. The utility will also be required to pay $300,000 in civil penalties for its failure to effectively manage its pollutants and will additionally be obligated to spend $500,000 on a school in its service area to upgrade from a dirty coal-powered heating system to cleaner geothermal technology. The new control system Kentucky Utilities will be required to install is expected to reduce its sulfuric acid emissions by over two thirds.
Without the progressive action of the EPA, unnecessary pollutants would continue to be released into Kentucky’s atmosphere. The people and agency responsible for this effective change should receive recognition for their efforts. I urge you to thank the EPA for working towards preventing harmful emissions from being released into Kentucky’s natural environment.
[Your Name Here]
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