Conservatives celebrate Earth Day with opening of new LG&E sulfur station


by Gene Kang

Posted on April 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 22 at 5:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A new multi-million dollar LG&E facility will be a triple win for Kentucky. Experts say it will be good for the Earth, farmers and will help reduce your utility bills. The new sulfur producing station on Dixie Highway was unveiled Monday.

Conservatives say it is the latest in new technology which is good for the environment, jobs and your wallet.

"We're proud to be conservatives. It means we're concerned about jobs, the economy and business but we're also environmentalists. It's Earth Day. Conservatives don't always get credit for caring about the environment but we do," Senator Rand Paul said.

The likes of Senator Rand Paul and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell celebrated Earth Day with the grand opening of a unique sulfur-producing facility at the LG&E Mill Creek Generating Station.

"What a perfect day for this great celebration of the marriage between energy production and agriculture," Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell said.

With more than $13 million invested the plant is a first of its kind. An estimated 300,000 tons of gypsum will be recovered to create a sulfur product which will be sold to agricultural companies. Good news considering there's a growing demand.    

"We can use this product to be one of the top agriculture states in the U.S.,” Commissioner of Agriculture, James Comer said.

"Our calcium sulfate product will replenish sulfur which is a vital nutrient in increasing crop yields," Charles Price, Charah, Inc. CEO, said.

The new facility at the 14000 block of Dixie Highway will recycle coal byproducts while decreasing the amount of sulfur released into the air.

An estimated $6 billion will be invested into LG&E's systems over the next five years, 2,000 new construction jobs will be created by 2015.

The bottom line for customers is that the new station will reduce utility bills.

"Beneficially using our byproducts reduces our storage needs and in turn lowers the cost to our customers," LG&E and KU Energy CEO, Victor Staffieri said.

Kentucky’s Agriculture Commissioner says LG&E has invested in clean air for decades.
They have helped reduce the amount of sulfur released into the air by 83 percent since the 1980’s.

It will create 20 jobs by next year while lowering costs for LG&E customers.