Sierra Club: Coal ash pond at risk for disaster

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The Sierra Club says a coal ash storage site in central Kentucky near Herrington Lake is at risk for a potential disaster.

State officials responded Thursday that ground water near the E.W. Brown Generating Station is being evaluated and the ash site is in the process of being cleaned up.

The LG&E-owned power plant near Harrodsburg stores about 26 million tons of coal ash in a 126-acre pond. Ash is no longer dumped at the site.

The Sierra Club included the Kentucky site on a report on hazardous coal ash sites around the country. State officials said Thursday that tests have shown elevated levels of arsenic coming from nearby springs.

Chris Whelan, a spokeswoman for LG&E, says the utility has submitted a cleanup plan that is pending state approval.

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