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Estill County Energy Partners, KY

STATUS: In progress, with opposition
TYPE: Coal

OPPOSITION: Kentucky Sierra Club, National Parks Conservation Association, Valley Watch, Kentucky Environmental Foundation, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Appalachian Voices, NRDC
PROSPECTS: Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: In October of 2004, state regulators granted a certificate to Estill County Energy Partners to build a 110-megawatt plant on a site near Irvine, Kentucky.  The $150 million plant will take up 28 acres of a 620-acre site previously used for coal processing.  The plant would burn primarily waste coal now stockpiled at the site.  

In 2008, Estill filed an air permit application with the state to construct the plant. On October 29, 2010 the Kentucky Division for Air Quality (DAQ) returned Estill County Energy Partners' air permit application because Estill failed to properly address national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. Estill will need to resubmit a new air permit application to proceed.

Sierra Club opposes the project as part of its national policy targeting all coal projects for any purpose.  However, it has not filed suit to stop development at this time. 

SOURCES: http://psc.ky.gov/agencies/psc/siting_board/press/102004/1012_r01.pdf

LAST UPDATED:  December 2, 2010