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January-February, 2003 - VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1
Kentucky Coal Association Conference Attendees

Seated, from left: CAER Director, Ari Geertsema; U.S. Dept. of Energy Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuels, Mike Smith Standing, from left: Jack Groppo (CAER); Kenneth Tapp (LG & E); Tom Robl (CAER); Donald Miller (LG & E)

The CAER and LG&E Energy Corp. have been awarded a project to reduce the amount of landfill space needed to store ash from coal-burning power plants. CAER researchers will use $4 million in funds from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) to develop a facility at the LG&E plant in Ghent, Kentucky to turn coal ash into a cement substitute. LG&E put up $3 million of its own funds for the project, and UK $1 million. Following notification of this award, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Fuels at DoE, Mike Smith presented the President's energy budget for 2004 at a press conference at the Kentucky Coal Association and included an announcement of the above mentioned project. The project is entitled "Advanced Multi-Product Coal Utilization By-Product Processing Plant."