Judge dismisses suit over Paradise plant’s switch to gas

DRAKESBORO, Ky. (AP) — A federal judge says the Tennessee Valley Authority conducted a proper environmental impact study when it decided to install natural gas burning units at a western Kentucky coal-fired power plant.

The Kentucky Coal Association and a group of landowners near the Paradise Fossil Plant sued TVA in July. They argued that TVA did not follow proper procedures in making the decision to add the new gas-burning units as part of a $1 billion project.

U.S. District Judge Joseph McKinley dismissed the suit in a ruling from Owensboro last week.

Coal association President Bill Bissett said Monday the group is meeting with attorneys to decide the next step.

TVA made the decision in 2013 to switch to a natural gas facility at Paradise to meet stricter federal air emission guidelines.

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