Opponents of a coal-fired power plant to be built by East Kentucky Power Cooperative have filed a complaint with the state Public Service Commission to stop the construction.
The group, in filing the complaint, said the Smith plant in Clark County is not needed because EKPC has not seen the anticipated increase in demand that it used to justify the project.
The opponents also say that possible further federal regulation of carbon emissions will add substantial costs to the project. The group noted, too, that the cooperative has not begun construction on the project, but state law requires it do so within one year of receiving the PSC's approval.
The group includes noted author Wendell Berry, the Sierra Club, Kentucky Environmental Foundation and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.
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Nick Comer, a spokesman for EKPC, said the cooperative, which serves more than a half-million homes and businesses through its 16 member co-ops, has indeed not begun construction, but that's because it's awaiting approval of a permit by the state Division for Air Quality.
Andrew Melnykovych, spokesman for the PSC, said EKPC has 10 days to respond to the complaint, and the complaint will proceed from there.