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EKPC Bed Ash Spill Contained

Terry Prather, The Ledger Independent

An ash spill last week at the East Kentucky Power Cooperative Spurlock Station east of Maysville was contained to the EKPC property, company officials said.

Nick Comer, EKPC public and media relations representative said Thursday (March 6) the bed ash spill occurred Wednesday around noon.  The cause of the spill was attributed to a leak in the pipeline carrying sluiced bed ash from one of the Spurlock generating units to the ash pond.

Comer said the Kentucky Division of Water was contacted by EKPC officials and investigated the spill.  It was estimated one ton of bed ash had leaked from the pipe onto EKPC property near the pond. The property is located on Kentucky 8 in Mason County.

The spill has been cleaned up, with no danger to watershed areas since the spill was contained to EKPC property. The bed ash composition is the same type used by road departments to treat roadways with snow and ice.

The ash pond at Maysville's Spurlock Station is located next to the Ohio River, in an area surrounded by open fields and industrial neighbor, International Paper.

The Ledger Independent is online at: http://www.maysville-online.com

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