HARRODSBURG - The federal Environmental Protection Agency has listed Mercer County as one of two Kentucky counties that are in partial non-attainment with the federal standards on airborne matter such as soot and dust. Seven others are in full non-attainment.
State officials visited Mercer County in July with the same news, and the latest information is the same: the air quality in Mercer County is good as far as fine particulate matter is concerned. The label of "out of compliance" refers to emissions from Kentucky Utilities' E.W. Brown Electricity Generating Plant on Herrington Lake, a determination made by the federal EPA.
John Lyons, director of Division for Air Quality for the state EPA, said the federal agency believes the plant is one cause of non-compliance readings on a monitor in downtown Lexington. Lyons does not accept that premise.
The air quality in Mercer County is good, he said.
"I'd bet my last dollar on it," Lyons said in July, and he has not changed the opinion.