Target: Louisville Gas & Electric CEO Vic Staffieri
Goal: Stop dumping toxic waste water into federally protected waters
A time-lapse camera installed by the Sierra Club found a near constant flow of waste water into the Ohio River by the Louisville Gas & Electric’s (LG&E) Mill Creek power plant. The water waste contains hazardous materials that would devastate local wildlife and ecosystems, and the company is polluting federally protected waters. LG&E must be held responsible and the company should be swiftly punished for their negligence.
The environmental group Earthjustice and the Sierra Club compiled images found on Google Earth alongside video footage from the time-lapse camera to build a case against LG&E. They’ve surmised that these violations have occurred since 2009 and if the company is prosecuted, they could face penalties up to $68 million. The company’s state permit only allows “occasional discharge” into the Ohio River, but the dumping has almost been continuous. Also found in the permit application were a list of hazardous materials being dumped into the river: arsenic, mercury, selenium, lead, and cadmium.
Supporters of LG&E state that the company is in the right to dump the waste water into the river. With the vague word of “occasional discharge,” the company is within their rights to dump whenever they want. However, the Clean Water Act prevents the dumping of mercury into the water. Environmentalists have documented over a year’s worth of dumping and this should be adequate evidence for the company to be prosecuted.
Water is a precious and valuable resource, one that should be protected at all costs. LG&E does not care about our environment, but we should. If our waters continue to be polluted by negligent companies, our livelihoods and planet will suffer. Sign this petition and punish LG&E for their carelessness.
Dear Vic Staffieri,
It has come to my attention that a group of environmentalists have documented at least a year’s worth of dumping on the part of your company, LG&E. A time- lapse video camera, along with images compiled from Google Earth, have found violations dating as far back as 2009. Found in this waste water are hazardous chemicals such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead. These chemicals shouldn’t be in our water and your company has no right to poison our planet.
I believe you’ve violated the Clean Water Act even if you believe your state permit gave you the right to dump into the Ohio River. A state permit shouldn’t give a company permission to poison the water that wildlife, humans and the planet use to survive. Therefore, I hope to see your company punished and never see this incident repeated again.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Nigel Wylie via Wikimedia Commons