HARRODSBURG - Kentucky Utilities has agreed to spend $135 million to upgrade its Mercer County power plant and to pay a $1.4 million civil penalty in a settlement reached with the U.S. government.
The Environmental Protection Agency claimed that the E.W. Brown Generating Station on Dix Dam Road was in violation of the Clean Air Act after its largest coal-fired electrical generating unit was modified in 1997.
A complaint filed in 2007 alleged that the modifications, which allowed the generating station to burn more coal, also increased the amount of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter emissions.
The EPA said sulfur dioxides and nitrogen oxides can cause acid rain, smog and haze and contribute to respiratory problems and childhood asthma.