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Statehouse Live: Environmentalists seek to block western Kansas coal-burning plant

August 15, 2011

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— Environmentalists on Monday filed a legal brief with the Kansas Supreme Court seeking to stop construction of an 895-megawatt coal-burning power plant near Holcomb.

The Kansas Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, alleged the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. violates the federal Clean Air Act.

"The Sunflower permit process was so completely hijacked by coal supporters that a citizen lawsuit became necessary," said Stephanie Cole, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Sierra Club.

Sunflower Electric, based in Hays, and state regulators have said the permit meets all state and federal requirements.

The lawsuit filed against the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the permit fails to protect the public health and was granted using an improper procedure. Environmentalists cited a recent Kansas City Star report that showed Sunflower was allowed to draft responses to public comments about the proposed plants for KDHE.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

skip the coal power and put up a few more wind generators.

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bobberboy 2 years, 8 months ago

Check out Rep. Joe Seiwert and the Koch Brothers. Do we have crooks in our midsts ?

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antichristobserver 2 years, 8 months ago

There is no such thing as clean coal. In addition, the way this approval was rammed thru should make us all ashamed of our political system and the way money has corrupted it.

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RuralWanderer 2 years, 8 months ago

I'd prefer Kansas pursue another nuclear plant. Reliable power. Clean energy. Lots of high-paying jobs. No risk of tsunamis or earthquakes here on the Plains.

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rockchalk1977 2 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure the (progressive) Sierra Club would prefer we all go back to burning candles for light.

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 8 months ago

This is going to be the cleanest and most advanced coal burning plant in the country! Why doesn't the Sierra Club go spend their time and efforts on the old, outdated, and diry plants in the Northeast that wouldn't even come close to meeting air standards now-a-days. Go AWAY Sierra!

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