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Statement of John Thompson, Director of the Clean Air Task Force Coal Transition Program on Cash Creek's Air Permit

03/08/10

The following statement was issued – in connection with Kentucky Division of Air Quality's issuance of an air permit for Cash Creek – by John Thompson,  Director of the Coal Transition Project of the Clean Air Task Force (www.catf.us), an environmental organization advancing clean energy technology:


“I’m pleased Cash Creek received its final air permit from Kentucky regulators,” said John Thompson, Director of the Coal Transition Project of the Clean Air Task Force.  “The plant will use coal gasification technology to enable deep reductions in many air pollutants. For example, it will take Cash Creek 46 years to release the amount of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emitted in just one year by the average Kentucky coal plant of the same size.”

 

“The plant also will emit about half the carbon dioxide of typical coal plants,” Thompson said.  “It will pioneer carbon capture and storage.  That’s critical, because this technology is needed to keep greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.  Worldwide coal use is expected to double in the coming decades.  Without major changes in the way coal is used, it will be impossible to prevent the worst aspects of global warming.  Cash Creek is nationally important in the effort to demonstrate better coal technologies.”