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EPA objects to East Ky. Power permit

The federal Environmental Protection Agency has objected to a permit issued by the Kentucky Division for Air Quality to a proposed coal-fired power plant to be built by East Kentucky Power Cooperative in Clark County.

The EPA's objection surrounded the dangers of soot pollution from the proposed plant, according to environmental groups who have objected to the proposed plant.

"It's time for EKPC to stop wasting time and money on the Smith plant and start working on clean, affordable energy solutions," said Elizabeth Crowe, executive director of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, in a statement.

East Kentucky Power recently delayed financing for the plant, calling it a "business decision," but said it still intends to build the plant. The co-op says it's necessary to meet customer demand.

A spokeswoman with the state Division for Air Quality could not be reached Tuesday for comment.

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