Muhlenberg County Power Plant

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

State environmental officials say construction on a proposed power plant in Muhlenberg County can move forward, despite the lagging process surrounding its air quality permit.

Environmental and Public Protection Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe says there is no need for every permit to be granted before construction on the Peabody Coal Company Thoroughbred plant begins.

Earlier this month a state hearing officer recommended that environmental regulators re-evaluate an air quality permit for Peabody's plant in Kentucky.

Company representatives say construction won't begin until the permitting process is complete.

Peabody has until Tuesday to file a response to the recommendation.

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