Archive for Tuesday, June 8, 2010

KDHE planning for August hearings on southwest Kansas coal plants

June 8, 2010


— The state environmental agency on Tuesday said that it continues to review a permit application for an 895-megawatt coal-burning electrical generating plant in southwest Kansas, and that public hearings on the proposal will probably be in August.

The application by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. was submitted in January to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDHE said it will probably conclude the application review by July and then start a public comment period, with hearings expected to take place in August.

Current informational hearings being conducted by Sunflower Electric are not part of the state permitting process, KDHE noted. Those Sunflower “open house” meetings were held Monday and Tuesday in Holcomb and Great Bend.


Sluc2006 7 years, 7 months ago

The only people who want this plant are the Finney County city leaders in Garden City and Holcomb. A small percentage of the power will stay in Kansas while the rest is transferred to states who themselves did not want to build the plant within their borders.( Colorado, Texas) It is inconceivable to think this is a step forward for Kansas. Ive lived 40 miles from the proposed site my entire life, farmers are not crying for this to be built. The job increase is negligible beyond the construction phase which most likely will employ few Kansans and fewer from the area. Many farmers have been contacted about placing wind turbines on their land, this would help financially ailing farmers while being a positive step forward in a state that has often stumbled.


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