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Sierra Club criticizes Kansas lawsuit against EPA on power plant emissions

September 20, 2011

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— Environmentalists on Tuesday criticized the state for filing a lawsuit against a federal air pollution rule that requires utilities to clean up power plant emissions.

“The state should not be wasting time and resources to defend poor management practices of Kansas utilities,” said Stephanie Cole, a spokeswoman for the Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club.

On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed a federal lawsuit to block the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, saying it would require Kansas utilities to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in new emission control equipment by Jan. 1. Schmidt said there was no way utilities could comply with the deadline, and that would mean Kansans would pay more for out-of-state electricity.

Health officials have said the rule is needed to cut down on health problems caused by air pollution drifting across state lines. The rule targets nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide.

Westar Energy, the state’s largest utility, the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities, and the unified government of Wyandotte County also have challenged the air pollution rule.

Cole said many utilities across the country have prepared for the new rule by installing pollution controls and using cleaner energy technologies.

Comments

ksrush 3 years, 3 months ago

So much for Barney O suspending the EPA regs.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

Apparently only a portion of the rule is suspended.

devobrun 3 years, 3 months ago

The government....local, state, federal should not be wasting resources on activities that have marginal returns that are less than zero.

We are going broke and one (1) reason is that environmentalism is not cost effective. It is wishfulness. I'm all for wishfulness and bold, aggressive action.

And when it doesn't work, I'm all for honesty. Cleaning the air of CO2, the rest of sulfur, mercury, particulates....and on and on until the emissions from smokestacks are cleaner than your apartment's air........is folly. Could it be that environmental agendas are as false as business agendas? Might we be living in a world of complete lies? Neither side telling the truth?

Justifying their stance by blaming the other side?

Maybe we live in a world that is defined by "reality shows" on Fox network. Hahaha.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

Merely strategy employed by the power companies to fight the rule using our tax dollar. An externality, if you will...like the pollution they create. The power companies have known the rule was coming for years and years. Have they been implementing upgrades

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 3 months ago

Bingo.

"Using our tax dollars" and this is what the current administration is all about.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

"On Monday, Attorney General Derek Schmidt filed a federal lawsuit to block the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, saying it would require Kansas utilities to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in new emission control equipment by Jan. 1. Schmidt said there was no way utilities could comply with the deadline, and that would mean Kansans would pay more for out-of-state electricity."

Oh poor pity me! We should spend tax dollars we don't have protecting the corporation's bottom line? How long have the corporate power producers known about these rules coming? This didn't just happen out of the blue, ya know? Why have they not spent the money granted them (over and over again) by the KCC to upgrade their pollution control equipment? Instead the CEO gets a bonus and the investor get dividends while the masses get to choke and die. Westar mentions the cost of environmental regulation every time they come to the KCC for a rate increase. Did they not spend the money upgrading the power plants? Oh no they didn't. Then they wouldn't be able to scream to Derek about the 'impacts' the new rule and Derek couldn't go to bat for them on the tax payer dime.

Shelley Bock 3 years, 3 months ago

How long have these regulations been published? Or have they been known in the industry as coming? Was it just last week? Or has it been years? I honestly don't know and am curious.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

The Clean Air Interstate Rule was proposed in January 2004 and finalized almost 7 years ago (2005). The Clean Air Mercury Rule was proposed in that same time period. However, the Clean Air Act was amended in 1990 which required the EPA to set Nationa Ambient Air Quality Standards. The EPA Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) then set standards for six "criteria" pollutants: particulate matter (2.5 and 10), SOx, NOx, ozone, lead, and carbon monoxide.

None of this is new. The industry has known this was coming for 15 years! They did nothing to prepare of course. Like the good corporate citizens they are.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh, never mind, they did do something...they came to the KCC year after year, with hat in hand, begging for rate increases because of these regulations. They got the rate increases, but failed to upgrade their pollution control equipment. Hmm. Now the State of Kansas is suing the feds on the behalf of the corporation with our tax dollars.

Shelley Bock 3 years, 3 months ago

Thus, there is no excuse to bad planning. The power companies blew it and are now relying on the AG to save them. Would the AG forgive anyone else for now complying with the law?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 3 months ago

Dirty pollution kills the ozone layer,brings on Global Warming and increases the cost of health care and health insurance. Pollution is quite expensive.

RINO's are so dumb sometimes.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 3 months ago

The exhaust from 2 cycle engines is dirty pollution that kills the ozone layer. People who claim to be green shouldn't be killing the planet. Pretend greens are so dumb sometimes.

gr 3 years, 3 months ago

California has rolling blackouts. Why can't we?

Electricity should only be for the rich. Driving the costs up helps maintain that. Then, we tax the rich more than anyone else so that they are no longer rich. Then, no one has electricity. Just like it should be.

No electricity. No power. No computers. No cell phones. No cars. No movement. No food. Peace. Tranquility. Nothingness.

Crazy_Larry 3 years, 3 months ago

Nationalize the power industry!!!!! Do it now!!!!

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