95% of the power produced in the state of Kentucky comes from coal – one of the most widely-used fuels for electrical generation, and one of the largest fixed-source producers of CO2. It’s no small feat, then, that deep in the heart of coal country Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) is working hard to make their energy green.
my words : i read where kentucky has 5 coal power producing plants,
gypsy u said ur state mainly uses hydro power,or u meant u because u said ur on tva so u must part of the 5 percent. but i knew that could not be true for the whole state as we use hydro power as much as we can, and have several lakes, with turbines, the problem with hydro power is once the water level gets to a point they cant draw anymore water out.im on one of the main hydro lakes,500 miles of shore line and 300 ft deep in places, i swim in 45 ft of water, so i know in the summer when the water gets to a point they stop using hydro, as the lake cant go but so low, so they use more coal,but even when water is high they have to always use some coal as hydro will not emit enough energy for it all, , this spring for us has been wet so the lakes have made more hydro power than say last year, im not criticizing kentucky but just pointing out hydro power cant do what ppl think it can, but as is stated kentucky is working hard to make green energy but like all states, it will not come cheep or anytime in the near future, but maybe one day. also this
Kentucky Utilities Company Clean Air Act Settlement
(Washington, D.C. – Feb. 3, 2009) Kentucky Utilities (KU), a coal-fired electric utility, has agreed to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty and spend approximately $135 million on pollution controls to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act, the Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
"Today's settlement sets the most stringent limit for nitrogen oxide emissions ever imposed in a federal settlement with a coal-fired power plant," said Catherine McCabe, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. "EPA is committed to ensuring our nation's coal-fired power plants comply with the Clean Air Act. Pollutants from these facilities can cause severe respiratory problems, contribute to childhood asthma, and contribute to smog and haze. "
“This settlement will result in the substantial reduction of harmful emissions, and will benefit air quality in Kentucky and downwind areas,” said John C. Cruden, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division. “The Justice Department will spare no effort in its pursuit of emission reductions from power plants across the country to achieve the benefits envisioned by the Clean Air Act.”
MY WORDS: this is not what is in congress but the old clean air act that has been in effect for many years, we may have the same problem i dont know, but in the news i have not heard of any settlement we have made but will check,
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