Electric utility East Kentucky Power Cooperative began operating a new environmental control at its Maysville coal-fired power plant on Monday.
The new flue-gas desulfurization equipment, commonly called a scrubber, removes nearly 95 percent of sulfur dioxide from the emissions of the first unit at the four-unit plant. It's the second scrubber that East Kentucky Power has installed on the two older units at the plant. The site's other two units were built with newer technologies that reduce emissions.
The scrubber is another environmental addition required in recent years as part of a settlement of a federal Environmental Protection Agency lawsuit.
In 2008, the state Public Service Commission approved a plan that will see customers' bills rise as much as $5 a month in the coming years as the co-op completes the series of projects.