The state of Kentucky is not going to force a coal mining plant to pay fines, even after the Energy and Environment Cabinet found arsenic-laced pollution in the water supply. The Big Rivers Electric Corporation signed an agreement with the state to build a water treatment facility by 2020 instead of having to pay fines.
The state of Kentucky does allow companies to lawfully be fined $25,000 a day for pollution, but the EEC in Kentucky clearly found this unnecessary for some reason.
The pollution was found at the D.B. Wilson coal-fired power plant south of Owensboro. Environmental groups say it is likely that the arsenic-water has already seeped into the groundwater.
WFPL News reported:
‘An inspector discovered the leak while walking the perimeter of the plant in 2016, and finding a stream of black sludge flowing from a landfill into a nearby pond and the Green River.’
‘That drinking water tested with 980 times more arsenic than the federal standard allows, as well as elevated amounts of other chemicals including antimony, chlorides and molybdenum.’