New power plant proposed in eastern Kentucky

IRVINE, Ky. (AP) -- A company plans to apply for a state permit to build a power plant near Irvine in eastern Kentucky.

Estill County Energy was expected to file the application with the Kentucky Division of Air Quality on Thursday. The company said in an announcement that it wants to begin constructing a 110 megawatt generating plant next year.

The plant would be fueled by coal wastes left on a 620-acre brownfield site after a processing plant closed some 20 years ago.

Project manager Dell Jaggers says the proposed plant would bring high-paying jobs to the area and clean up some 26 million tons of coal wastes.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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