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Environmentalists' court win upheld against Ky. power plant that discharges into Ohio River


FRANKFORT, Kentucky — The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld a Franklin County judge's ruling that state officials rework a water permit for a Trimble County power plant that discharges into the Ohio River.

The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/1AM5QuM ) reports the court voted 2-1 on Friday to uphold Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd's 2013 ruling that the state's Energy and Environment Cabinet failed to conduct the correct analysis for wastewater at the plant.

Environmentalists had challenged the Trimble County Generating Station's permit, saying it did not properly control toxic pollutants like arsenic and mercury going into the river. The power plant is owned by LG&E in Louisville.

An LG&E spokeswoman declined to comment.

Energy and Environment Cabinet General Counsel Mike Haines says the cabinet is reviewing its options and could file an appeal to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com

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