HARRODSBURG, Ky. (AP) - Political leaders and researchers are touting a project to capture carbon dioxide at a central Kentucky power plant as a crucial step to continue burning coal for electricity amid tougher environmental regulations.
The $19.5 million facility under construction at the E.W. Brown Generating Station near Harrodsburg would capture and separate the carbon dioxide from the emission stream after the coal is burned.
The developing technology is seen as a fix to keep old coal-fired power plants operating under stricter government rules.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear called the project "a big step forward for solving one of the biggest challenges facing the Commonwealth today, and that challenge is carbon emissions."
The Kentucky project is one of about 15 around the country that is getting support from the U.S. Department of Energy.