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Neighbors of proposed landfill seek county assistance

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By Dave Taylor

A group of Ogden Ridge residents attended the Jan. 16 meeting of the Trimble County Fiscal Court seeking clarification of the county’s nuisance ordinance as it relates to noise and air quality control. The residents live in close proximity to 200 acres on which the Louisville Gas and Electric Company hopes to develop a coal combustion waste landfill to serve the company’s electrical power generating plant on the Ohio River at Wises Landing.

LG&E has applied to the Public Service Commission for a permit to establish the facility, which would be used for the disposal of fly ash, bottom ash and synthetic gypsum.

The plant’s neighbors anticipate a heavy volume of truck traffic from the plant to the facility and inquired about whether regulations already in place would be sufficient to control a sustained amount of noise over a period of time.

“I have talked to people in Frankfort,” County Attorney Perry Arnold told the members of the court. “They have never done anything with regard to noise. We’ve never done anything as far as a specific ordinance that deals with noise. Under our nuisance ordinance as it exists you could try to enforce something with regard to noise.”

Trimble County Judge-Executive Randy Stevens told the Ogden Ridge residents he understands their concerns because they’re in the shadow of what is changing.

“It’s changing in a manner that they’ve never seen so they’ve got great concerns,” Stevens said following the meeting. “In some of that we’re going to be able to assist them and some of which we’re not going to have the authority to or the jurisdiction. ”

One Ogden Ridge resident, Jon Dunlap, distributed among the court members as copy of a brief prepared by the Sierra Club, an environmental watchdog agency, to the attention of the biologist of the regulatory branch of the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“These are some toxic points that I hope the court will consider during this permit application process,” Dunlap said. “This will affect the county’s water table and air quality and it is not that far from the Bedford Elementary School.”

The document stated that the landfill, if permitted, “will change the landscape and environment of a rural area for current and future generations of all forms of life in order to deposit toxic coal waste for at least the next 40 years.”

Stevens said the county is researching an air quality control ordinance.