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Ky. coal plant's $940M update to create 700 jobs

Nov. 30, 2012 @ 12:20 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A nearly $1 billion project to update pollution controls at a massive Louisville power plant was touted by state leaders Thursday as a boost for Kentucky's coal industry.

The upgrades at LG&E's Mill Creek Generating Station in southwestern Jefferson County are expected to create about 700 construction jobs. The improved sulfur dioxide scrubbers will also allow the 1,400-megawatt plant to continue to burn coal by meeting stricter federal air regulations that go in force in 2016.

Leaders in this coal-rich state have been harshly critical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulations in the past, but on Thursday they praised the pollution control project at the plant.

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