Peabody gets all clear

THE Kentucky Court of Appeals has given US coal giant Peabody Energy the all clear for an air permit at one of its proposed power plants.

Vivienne Ryan

The court reserved the Franklin County circuit court’s earlier decision to remand the air permit, which was approved by the secretary of the Energy and Environment Cabinet, the state’s air permitting agency.

The air permit is for a 1,500-megawatt, coal-powered electricity generation project Peabody is proposing to build near Central City, Kentucky, called the Thoroughbred Energy Campus.

In a statement this week Peabody said it was pleased with the court’s validation that Thoroughbred’s air permit meets all regulatory requirements to protect the environment.

Peabody said the decision reaffirmed the government’s support for the project.

No time line has been set for the Thoroughbred power station and Peabody said it will continue to evaluate the scope of the project “in light of the lengthy approvals process.”