LOUISVILLE — Government officials have fined Louisville Gas & Electric for allowing coal ash to escape from one of its power stations.
Test results released by the company two weeks ago showed coal ash from Cane Run Power Station on three homes. That led to the city issuing a $4,000 fine against the company, and Air Pollution Control District spokesman Matt Stull said there could be additional penalties.
"There also might be steps that are taken in regard to remediating the situation and trying to make sure it doesn't happen again in the future," he said. "That's a goal of the district to try and not just punish a source but also to make sure that this kind of thing doesn't happen in the future."
Meanwhile, a mechanical malfunction during the weekend created another coal-ash escape. LG&E spokeswoman Chris Whelan said a machine has been shut down and a task force has been created to find the problem.
"We regret that there's been any incident in that area," she said. "The neighbors, we're mindful of their concerns there, and that's the reason that we have assigned a task force to ensure that we get this equipment fixed and that we're being a good neighbor."
The Air Pollution Control District said the most recent incident might be included in the previous complaint.