Regulators Studying How Low Water Levels Will Affect Power Plant

Somerset, KY (AP) -- Kentucky officials are concerned that electricity production at a major power plant could suffer if water levels get too low at Lake Cumberland.

The Army Corps of Engineers plans to draw down the water level at leaking Wolf Creek Dam, which impounds the lake and is upstream from several Tennessee cities, including Nashville.

Regulators and utilities are trying to figure out how bad the problem could be and what to do if the coal-burning John Sherman Cooper Station Plant has to cut back or shut down.

The plant draws huge amounts of water from the lake for cooling during power generation. That's where the potential problem comes in.

The Corps of Engineers plans to keep the water level in the lake far lower than usual this summer to relieve pressure on the dam, which the agency says is at risk of failing, though not in imminent danger.

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