Archive for Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Statehouse Live: Comment period, one more hearing set for coal-burning plant

September 22, 2010, 3:47 p.m. Updated September 22, 2010, 4:55 p.m.


— A second public comment period and one more public hearing have been set for the proposed 895-megawatt coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas.

The comment period will run from Thursday through Oct. 23. The final hearing will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Sunflower Ballroom of the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.

Public input is being sought on a proposal by Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the plant near Holcomb. Most of the power produced will be sold to out-of-state customers.

Last month, a previous public comment period expired and three hearings were held. During that period, more than 4,600 comments were received.

But the Kansas Department of Health and Environment determined more public input was needed because Sunflower needed to make corrections to its air pollution dispersion modeling data. The second public comment period includes all aspects of the air quality permit.

All comments should be submitted between Thursday and Oct. 23 by e-mail to, or in writing to: KDHE Bureau of Air, Attn.: Sunflower Comments, 1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 310, Topeka, KS 66612-1366. Or they may be presented at the hearing.

A copy of the draft permit, permit application, supporting documentation, and information relied upon during the permit application review process are available at

Environmentalists oppose the proposed facility because of its carbon dioxide emissions. Supporters of the plant say it will be among the cleanest coal-burning plants in the nation and will help the southwest Kansas economy.

After the upcoming comment period and hearing, KDHE Secretary Roderick Bremby will make a final decision on the permit.


devobrun 7 years, 4 months ago

Rod Bremby is under some considerable pressure.

The govna and jobs, and industry in general on one side.

And the federal imperialists on the other.

Who will win. The folks who won the last war (environmentalism), or the folks who fight the current war (rationalism?

Stay tuned. A year ago it was enviro, hands down. But today, the economy is in such a blithering, drooling, incomprehensible malaise that rational thought might have a chance.

Bill Griffith 7 years, 4 months ago

Bremby's leverage is that he is out of a job in early January irregardless of his decision on this issue. If Parkinson fires him then the Gov. will have been flushed out as having a dog in this hunt despite the denials from his office to the contrary.

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