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Ky. coal plant's fertilizer byproduct criticized

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Some Kentucky farmers and scientists are criticizing a loan given to a Louisville company that produces fertilizer from coal plant waste, saying it doesn't benefit the state's ag industry.

The $2.5 million loan to Charah Inc. from the Kentucky Agriculture Finance Corp. helped build a $13 million facility at LG&E's Mill Creek power plant. Charah's venture uses leftovers from the plant's scrubbing process to make pelletized sulfur fertilizer. At the facility's opening in April, Agriculture Secretary James Comer said the fertilizer would help the state's farmland because it had become deficient in sulfur.

But scientists at the University of Kentucky disagreed, saying the state's soil is not sulfur-deficient.

Adam Barr, a Meade County farmer, told The Courier-Journal the money went to an energy-related company with no benefit to farmers.

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