LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Louisville Gas and Electric is in the “home stretch” to closing their coal burning power plant on Cane Run Road and converting it to a natural gas burning facility, according the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District.
“Natural gas is a much cleaner burning fuel,” said Thomas Nord, Metro Air Pollution Control Public Information Officer. “It will help alleviate the pollution problem in the area.”
On Wednesday the Metro Air Pollution Control District board approved the new plants Reasonable Available Control Technology, which are instruments that will be used for measuring emissions from the plant.
For years, many residents who live near the Cane Run Road plant have complained of large amounts of coal ash being blown from the facility. APCD officials say coal ash will no longer be present once the new plant opens, which is scheduled for 2016.
“Ideally, it will go away in four years,” said Nord. “In 2016, they won’t be producing coal ash in that facility and the problem will be solved. But, if you live in the Cane Run Road neighborhood, they are getting kind of impatient understandably.”
The APCD is in the process of writing the construction permit for the new plant.