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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A group of environmentalists are suing Kentucky Utilities for what they say is the company’s role in polluting a popular nearby lake.

Members of Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance say the power plant on the banks of Herrington Lake is polluting the area through millions of cubic yards of coal ash buried underground.

The two groups filed a lawsuit in federal court Wednesday calling on Kentucky Utilities to clean all the coal ash out of its E.W. Brown power plant that sits on the north end of the lake.

The group says it believes the ash waste has seeped into the areas groundwater and is causing damage to the lakes fish and water quality.

“We are concerned because when the state did their sampling last may, 9 out of the ten fish they collected had levels of selenium in their bodies that were in excess of the state’s water quality standards,” said Thomas Cmar, the attorney for the two groups.

Kentucky Utilities says it is currently following all state requirements when it comes to disposing of waste and loo ks forward to defending itself in court.

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“We disagree that there is any issue there but we are monitoring it and we’ve got plans in place to such as closing an auxilary ash pond and doing some other activities there and that’s an agreed plan with the state to continue to improve the environment in that area,” said Chris Whelan with Kentucky Utilities.

The environmental groups say the goal of this lawsuit is not only to clean the coal ash out of this location but also to bring awareness to the issue of underground pollution across the U.S.

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