A new plant coming to Corbin will employee about 70 workers. The facility will house a coal waste processing facility turning the waste into fuel.
London, England-based Arq will be locating the plant on the U.S. Steel site behind CSX.
“Back in the 1950s, US Steel built the largest coal preparation plant in the United States here in Corbin,” explained C.K. Lane, head of U.S. Operations for Arq. “All the waste is deposited here in Corbin. There’s about 41 billion tons of refuge on the Corbin site. About 16.5 billion tons are the fines which is what we will be processing.”
The facility is expected to be in full operation by January 2020, and according to Lane, “…will be running 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”
Knox County Judge-Executive Mike Mitchell praised Arq and said the facility will be a positive force for both the community and nation. “Today’s presentation by C.K. Lane of Arq at the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce meeting was exciting news for our region,” he said. “The inno-vation and technology to extract renewable resources from disposed coal fines into energy to enhance our country’s energy market will benefit our nation and local economy. I look forward to working with this company.”
Trent Knuckles, publisher of the Corbin News-Journal contributed to this story.