Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Coal-fired power plant gains GOP support

September 27, 2007


Thirty-nine House Republicans, including the leadership team, on Wednesday announced their support for a proposed coal-fired plant in western Kansas.

"The project offers our state the unique opportunity for tremendous economic development in a part of our state that has experienced a drop in population and economy," House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, said.

The proposal by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. is for two 700-megawatt plants near Holcomb. The permits are pending before the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The House Republicans wrote KDHE expressing their support.

The project has been opposed by environmentalists, the attorneys general of eight states, and the city of Lawrence because of the carbon dioxide and other pollutants that would be produced by the plant. They also note that about 90 percent of the power from the plant will be sold out of state.

In recent days, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has said she is opposed to the project.


oldgoof 10 years, 7 months ago

Let's shut down the Lawrence plant and get our electricity from Western Kansas.

Ken Lassman 10 years, 7 months ago

Does anyone who's been along the front range think that a boatload of Kansas electricity will help Colorado? Sprawl is already out of control there; just think of how bad it'll get when they have access to all of the Holcomb juice. The only thing that they'll need more of then is some of that 'ol Ogallalah aquifer water from Western Kansas, with maybe some more oil from around there while they're at it. Not to worry; any new oil refinery pollution will just blow east....

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