Posted by: ukbeyondcoal | 02/03/2010

Smith Plant Hearing in Winchester- Thursday at 6:30

On February 4th, citizens have the opportunity to comment in an open hearing with the KY Division of Air Quality regarding the proposed J.K. Smith Station coal plant.

The East Kentucky Power Cooperative (‘EKPC’) proposes to build a new 278
megawatt coal-fired boiler at the Smith Power Station along the Kentucky River, near Trapp, in Clark County.

Building this plant is a bad business decision. Coal-fired plants are becoming increasingly expensive and EKPC is already in poor fiscal shape.To cover some of the plant’s costs, according to a recent report, EKPC would likely attempt to pass on an additional 5% rate increase to consumers.

Not only will the plant affect residents financially, it will also have a profound effect on their health. For example:

-Over the next thirty-three years, the coal plant would generate almost 17 million cubic yards of coal ash.

-According to EKPC’s own documents, during the first twelve years of operation, EKPC does not intend to apply for landfill permits, but will instead use coal ash as structural fill, dumping it into wetlands and streams near the Kentucky River.

-Coal plant emissions include fine particulate matter – or soot – which is linked to respiratory problems like asthma and pulmonary disease, as well as heart problems, and is unsafe at any level.

-Coal plants are a major source of mercury, a highly toxic metal that can result in developmental disorders and chronic disease and is especially harmful to children. The Smith plant’s mercury emissions would settle out and accumulate in rivers, lakes and streams in Kentucky and into the food chain through fish.

Join us in attendance at this public hearing, at 6:30 pm at the Clark County Cooperative Extension Office. Everyone in attendance has the option of speaking in public comment to the Division of Air Quality.

If you cannot make it to the hearing in person, written comments can be submitted to the Kentucky DAQ within 30 days by email at with a copy to the US EPA at


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