LOUISVILLE — Federal environmental officials say they are opposed to plans by Louisville Gas & Electric to build a coal-burning waste landfill next to its power plant in Trimble County.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter sent Wednesday to the Army Corps of Engineers that it is concerned about the project's effects on streams and wetlands in the area near the Ohio River just north of Louisville, reported WFPL and The Courier-Journal.
Corps project manager Kimberly Simpson said LG&E has made modifications to the project to address concerns raised previously and might be able to make more.
LG&E spokesman Brian Phillips said additional studies are being conducted in an effort to address concerns.
"We continue to believe the area we selected for the Trimble County landfill is the most appropriate location, and we're taking the necessary steps now to address their questions and concerns," he said. "We're working with the appropriate agencies on each concern."
Kentucky officials also have expressed concerns about protecting a cave on the property.
Company officials have said they might haul the waste to a facility in Louisville if the proposal doesn't get approval.