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A new analysis from an environmental group takes a deep look at the potential health consequences of either retrofitting or retiring a Western Kentucky power plant.
The Shawnee Fossil Plant is near Paducah, on the Ohio River. It’s a coal-fired power plant operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Right now, TVA is preparing to retrofit the plant with pollution controls so it can keep burning coal and comply with federal air pollution regulations. But in a draft document that will be finalized later this year, the company said it was evaluating the future of the Shawnee plant.
And those two possible scenarios made Shawnee an attractive candidate for a Health Impact Assessment, said Deborah Payne of the Kentucky Environmental Foundation.
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The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is awaiting final review before releasing their Health Impact Assessment for western Kentucky’s Shawnee Fossil Plant.
The study is part of the Health Impact Project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts to model ways to assess health in non-traditional health fields. Foundation Health Coordinator Deborah Payne says the work focuses on energy and economy and was shaped by the communities the plant impacts.
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In spring 2012, KEF released the “Health Impact Assessment of Coal and Clean Energy Options in Kentucky,” a collaborative study that received widespread media attention and has served as a tool to explore the health impacts of energy policy options and a call to prioritize public health when making energy policy decisions.
Deborah joined the KEF staff in April 2010. She has a BA in Biology with a minor in Sustainability and Environmental studies from Berea College. She received her Masters of Public Health at the University of Kentucky with a focus on Environmental and Occupational Health.
Deborah is a returned Peace Corps volunteer having served in Uganda from 2007-2009 focusing on water and sanitation programming with Katosi Women Development Trust.
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The Kentucky Environmental Foundation will conduct a health impact assessment on the retrofitting or retirement of the Tennessee Valley Authority's Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.
The Kentucky Environmental Foundation is an environmental advocacy group based in Richmond, Ky. with a history of working on chemical weapons issues surrounding the Blue Grass Army Depot. Recently it has become more involved in clean energy and chemical safety. KEF Energy and Health Coordinator Deborah Payne says the assessment comes at a time of change for the Plant and the assessment will be taking that into account.
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