Mechanical maintenance engineer Steve Roberts rebuilds a recycling pump used to fluidize gas desulfurization at the E.W. Brown Generating Station. The plant harnesses four forms of energy production: coal, gas, hydro, and solar. Despite efforts to lessen environmental impacts, the station is entangled in a lawsuit over coal ash -- the toxic residue produced from burning coal -- which was buried in contact with groundwater that flows into Herrington Lake. The lake is connected to the Kentucky River through a tributary.
Born of Water:
Coal mining sustained families for generations along the Kentucky River water basin. But today, many confront a crisis of faith in an industry that has left the region environmentally and economically vulnerable.