LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The University of Kentucky has landed a $3 million federal grant for work on technology aimed at sharply reducing carbon pollution from coal-burning power plants.
The money will back efforts at UK's Center for Applied Energy Research to make carbon-capture technology feasible to prevent heat-trapping pollution from spewing into the air. The U.S. Department of Energy grant was announced Monday in Lexington.
UK researchers are working on technology to reduce the costs of capturing and storing carbon dioxide from power plants.
Research aimed at sustaining coal comes amid tough times in eastern Kentucky.
James River Coal recently announced it was idling several mines and laying off 525 full-time workers, blaming continued weak coal markets.
The Obama administration is proposing tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants.