Hagens Berman Files Lawsuit Against Louisville Gas and Electric Company over Cane Run Power Plant Coal Pollution

12/16/2013

SEATTLE – Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, a national environmental and personal injury law firm, today filed a class-action lawsuit against Louisville Gas and Electric Company, a regulated utility and wholly-owned subsidiary of PPL Corporation, alleging it has illegally dumped waste from a coal-fired power plant onto neighboring property and homes.

According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville Gas and Electric Company’s Cane Run Power Plant (the “Cane Run Site” or “Cane Run”) is fueled by the burning of coal, which also produces coal combustion byproducts—primarily fly ash and bottom ash—that contain significant quantities of toxic materials, including arsenic, chromium and lead.

The Cane Run Site is located just east of the Ohio River, near several Kentucky neighborhoods that are home to thousands of residents, attorneys claim.

The lawsuit further alleges that, despite receiving several Notices of Violation from the Louisville Air Pollution Control District, the Cane Run Site continues to spew coal dust, ash and other pollutants onto neighboring residences.

According to HBSS, these byproducts include known carcinogens and pose significant health hazards to area residents.

HBSS alleges that in failing to properly handle and dispose of byproducts from the Cane Run Site, Louisville Gas and Electric Company violated the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, as well as the federal Clean Air Act.

The lawsuit is brought on behalf of area homeowners, and seeks monetary and statutory damages, as well as injunctive relief that orders Louisville Gas and Electric Company to cease activities that allow coal combustion byproducts to escape from the Cane Run Site.

More information about the case is available at www.hbsslaw.com/cases/cane-run-power-plant.

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