Archive for Monday, March 2, 2009

Community college loses grant money because coal plant construction was put on hold

March 2, 2009


— Garden City Community College has lost a nearly $2 million federal grant because of delays in state approval for two new coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Community college officials said Monday that they were told to return the Department of Labor grant that would have trained workers to help build the plants.

Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby in October 2007 refused to issue Sunflower Electric Power Corp. a needed air quality permit for the plants. He cited concerns about potential carbon dioxide emissions and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius agreed with him.

The governor vetoed three bills last year that would have allowed Sunflower to go forward with its project.


introversion 9 years, 1 month ago

counting our chickens before they hatch, eh?

KS 9 years, 1 month ago

introversion - No! Just counting the days until the new permit is issued. BHO needs the $2 million back to throw all those extragavant parties at the WH. BTW, I understand that the stimulus pork bill contains money to buld a new coal plant in Illinois at taxpayers expense. Why is it okay there and not here? Queen Kathy said no. Hope she enjoys her new commute in DC.

Bruce Bertsch 9 years, 1 month ago

There was actually a need for the power in Illinois. The cost was the reason it was delayed by the Bush Admin. The "clean coal" features of the Holcomb plant are experimental and have never been used in production. Add to that the further depletion of the Ogalalla aquifer and there are plenty of reasons not to build the plants in SW Kansas.

The state's economy has been savaged by the Republicans for decades. Everything for new businesses while we cant keep the exisitng ones here. Think Pizza Hut, Rent A Center; both gone to Dallas from Wichita even after state and local inducements to stay. Until the legislature starts representing the people and not just the Chamber of Commerce nothing will change or improve.

crimsonlaugh 9 years, 1 month ago

Why can't that grant go towards training for the building of wind turbines?

blindrabbit 9 years, 1 month ago

This story ought to get the right-wingers worked-up. Logic prevails hopefully; let Illinois suffer the consequences. I'm surprised that the KC metropolitan area did not have more comments. The transport of emissions across the State of Kansas could/will have an impact on the Air Attainment status of the 5 county (Johnson, Wyandotte, Jackson, Clay and Platte) region.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 1 month ago

"The “clean coal” features of the Holcomb plant are experimental and have never been used in production."

So, this is a move toward "green". While not a very deep shade of green, this plant would have been a step forward in terms of "cleaner" coal and a research opportunity. What a shame the enironmentalists aren't more interested in this.

We will never, unfortunately, feel the full effects of this loss. We'll never know what this may have done for the struggling economies of western Kansas. There are REAL poor people out there who would have benefitted from this power plant.

gccs14r 9 years, 1 month ago

Money won't do them any good if there's no water to drink and none to be had.

Maddy Griffin 9 years, 1 month ago

Colorado would have benefitted from those plants, not Kansas. And there's no such thing as clean coal.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 9 years, 1 month ago

"Colorado would have benefitted from those plants, not Kansas."

Unless you consider the impact of selling Colorado our energy a "benefit". You know what they'll do, don't you? Colorado will build the plant just a few feet west of Kanorado, and we'll feel the exact same environmental impact - without any financial windfall.

gccs14r 9 years, 1 month ago

Except that they would have already done that had they been able to.

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