Kentucky should consider natural gas as BACT: EPA

18 December 2009– Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has required the Kentucky Division of Air Quality to consider whether natural gas was the best available control technology (BACT) to cut emissions at the proposed Cash Creek coal-fired plant.

In 2008, environmental groups petitioned EPA to make natural gas a BACT for the planned integrated gasification combined cycle plant. EPA said the petition showed that neither the plant nor the state air quality agency considered natural gas as an alternative fuel source or provided an explanation for why they did not consider it.

Critics said the order could be a precedent for EPA to follow with other coal-fired plants. EPA said the ruling should not be considered a “position that PSD permitting authorities” should use natural gas as a fuel.
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