Monday, May 15, 2017

Tonight is the public meeting about Duke Energy's coal ash disposal. Gahan to send summer intern with information about the Bicentennial Park Concert Series.

But remember, no Boomtown for you.

City Hall is as silent as a Bud Light & Clamato Chelada, but we're inferring that Boomtown Ball will NOT be held in 2017.

The Courier-Journal helpfully provides information on a public meeting, which (I'm guessing) few of us knew was slated to occur.

If you go:

The public meeting is 5-7 p.m. at Scribner Middle School, 910 Old Vincennes Road, New Albany.

How to comment:

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is accepting written comments on the plan through May 28. Those comments can be sent to IDEM, Solid Waste Permits Section, Office of Land Quality, 100 North Senate Ave., IGCN 1101, Indianapolis, Indiana, attention Nick Batton.

Batton can also be contacted for more information at, according to a public notice.

C'mon, you know exactly what Team Gahan is thinking: just get on with the power plant decommissioning, and those outlawed public housing residents can be placed there, safely out of view.

Duke to close coal-ash ponds at Gallagher power plant in New Albany, by James Bruggers (C-J)

There is a Monday meeting in New Albany with Duke officials and the state has opened a public comment period

Duke Energy on Monday will be explaining its plans to close the coal combustion waste ponds at Gallagher Station power plant in New Albany.

They contain 9.3 million tons of coal-burning waste such as bottom ash and fly ash. Permanent storage or disposal of coal ash is regulated because it contains toxic metals ...

 ... The utility plans to dig out coal ash from two of Gallagher's storage ponds, according to an informational flier from the company. For three others, the ponds are to be capped, leaving the plant's coal ash in place. The company also promises long-term environmental monitoring.

Hoosier Environmental Council objects to the proposal, and its coal ash expert, Tim Mahoney, said his reading of the company's plans show the ash being consolidated on the Gallagher property. Whatever ash cannot be safely recycled should be sent to a modern landfill designed to handle the waste, said Mahoney, the council's senior policy director.

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