LG&E installs screen to prevent coal ash; Residents skeptical

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on April 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 26 at 12:02 AM

(WHAS11) -- There have been numerous complaints from residents on Cane Run Road about coal ash coming from LG&E’s plant in southwest Jefferson County.

“We're concerned because there's dust in the entire neighborhood," resident Kathy Little said.

The company is currently installing a “dust screen” to help prevent particles from leaving its property. They said it was a proactive measure.

The Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control Board recently settled with LG&E and required them to pay $22,500 for past alleged violations. Little said she caught some of them on camera.

“It’s filthy and dirty on your house, but your child is your main concern," Little said.

“They just pressure washed my house; LG&E did about three days ago,” resident Steve Hall said. Hall said it was because of dust.

The dust screen will be 50 feet tall by 223 feet long. Residents are skeptical it will work, but LG&E said in a statement that they are trying to be a good neighbor.

“I appreciate any deterrents for ash because, bottom line, who knows what it’s going to be doing to our kids," Little said.

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