A group of Louisville citizens residing in close proximity to LG&E’s Cane Run Generating Station in west Louisville have filed suit against LG&E and its parent company, Pennsylvania-based PPL Corp. The residents are alleging that federal environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act are being violated as a result of coal ash from the plant becoming airborne and drifting into their neighborhoods, homes and lungs. The Cane Run site has previously been ranked as high hazard due to its proximity to a residential neighborhood.
We previously reported in 2011 about growing concerns over the coal ash being emitted from the Cane Run plant. Coal ash is the waste created from burning coal to produce energy. It contains toxic heavy metals like mercury, lead, arsenic and aluminum.
According to Physicians for Social Responsibility http://www.psr.org/environment-and-health/code-black/coal-ash-toxic-and-leaking.html , physical contact, including inhalation, with coal ash poses serious risks such as cancer, neurological effects, heart damage, lung disease, reproductive problems, kidney disease, gastrointestinal illness, birth defects, and impaired growth in children.
Relief in environmental toxic tort actions typically come in the form of monetary and injunctive relief whereby the parties responsible for the omission of environmental toxins may be ordered to substantially reduce or eradicate the hazardous agents.