LG&E to Install 'Dust Screen' at Cane Run Station to Further Control Dust Potential
Proactive measure is another line of protection; Builds on other efforts to mitigate particulates
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Gas and Electric Company is taking a proactive measure to further control the potential of particulates leaving its Cane Run Station by installing a "dust screen" on a portion of its property located in southwestern Jefferson County.
Designed much like a furnace filter inside a home, the dust screen serves to block any potential particulates from passing beyond the property line, while safely allowing wind to pass through. Although the technology is new to LG&E, many other industries have been using dust screen applications for decades.
The dust screen will be 50 feet tall by 223 feet long, and supported by six, 24-inch diameter steel poles. The fabric will be beige in color and have a density of 80 percent. It will be located on LG&E's property, adjacent to the sludge processing plant and approximately 50 feet from the adjacent property line bordering Cane Run Road.
"The dust screen installation complements the many other efforts we've taken to further reduce the potential of dust from leaving our property line," said Steve Turner, general manager of Cane Run Station. "This action is part of our larger commitment to be a good neighbor, and minimize the impact of our operations."
Additional measures already taken to suppress dust include onsite watering trucks, restricting traffic on the roads surrounding the landfill, adding cover soil and seed to the landfill to further suppress dust, installing and operating dust-filtering systems and hourly monitoring.
Installation of the dust screen is expected to be completed, weather permitting, by Friday, April 27. The screen will be in place until Cane Run's coal-fired units are no longer in operation.
Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.