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Coal: Sunflower Power Corp

After months of debate and legislative battles, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. will be allowed to build a new, coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas. Trace the history of the disagreement and look back on how we got here.


Senate approves bill to seal coal deal
May 7, 2009
A bill pushed by Gov. Mark Parkinson to pave the way for a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas is halfway to his desk.
Video: State lawmakers racing to finalize coal deal

A day after Gov. Mark Parkinson announced a deal allowing one new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas, state lawmakers are looking to move quickly to close the deal. Watch »

Video: Parkinson agrees to allow one coal power plant in Holcomb

One new coal-fired power plant could be on its way to southwest Kansas. Watch »

Video: House passes bill allowing coal plant construction

The Kansas House passes a bill allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build two coal-fired power plants in western Kansas. Watch »

Video: Coal company demands apology

The head of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation calls on Governor Kathleen Sebelius to reverse the denial of two coal-fired plants and asks for an apology. Watch »

Video: KDHE denies coal plant permit

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby denied Sunflower Electric Power Corporation a permit to build a large coal-fired power plant in western Kansas. Watch »

Governor's announcement on the coal plant agreement
Sunflower Electric Power Company's statement about the coal plant agreement
The Holcomb Expansion Project
After months of debate and legislative battles, Sunflower Electric Power Corp. will be allowed to build a new, coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas. Trace the history of the disagreement and look back on how we got here.
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Public comment period opens on proposed changes to permit for coal-fired plant
January 16, 2014
State environmental officials are seeking public comment to a proposed change in the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build an 895-megawatt coal-burning electric generating plant in southwest Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Kansas Supreme Court reverses issuance of permit to build coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas
October 4, 2013
The Kansas Supreme Court today reversed the issuance of a permit by the state to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build an 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Gov. Sam Brownback reacts by blasting the court. By Scott Rothschild
Environmentalists say provision in House-approved farm bill would make it easier to build coal-burning Sunflower plant
July 17, 2013
Buried in the farm bill that was approved by the U.S. House is a provision that environmentalists say would make it easier to build a coal-burning electric power plant in southwest Kansas. By Scott Rothschild
Legislature considering delays in renewable energy standards
February 5, 2013
Members of the Kansas House and Senate are proposing to delay or modify the mandates established by the Renewable Energy Standards Act, bringing to the Kansas Legislature a broader debate about climate change. By Nikki Wentling
Health concerns raised at hearing on proposed coal-burning power plant
August 31, 2012
The long-running dispute over a proposed coal-fired power plant in southwestern Kansas was before the state Supreme Court on Friday.
EPA plan limits new power plants’ carbon pollution
March 28, 2012
The Obama administration forged ahead on Tuesday with the first-ever limits on heat-trapping pollution from new power plants, ignoring protests from industry and Republicans who have said the regulation will raise electricity prices and kill off coal, the dominant U.S. energy source.
U.S. court puts up roadblock on Sunflower Electric Power Corp. coal-burning power plant in Kansas
January 31, 2012
Environmentalists on Tuesday cheered a court ruling that the proposed 895-megawatt coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas cannot be built until there is a thorough environmental review.
Judge orders environmental review in Sunflower Electric’s proposed coal-burning power plant
January 31, 2012
The decision was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan in Washington D.C. in the latest turn of events affecting the Sunflower Electric project near Holcomb.
Environmental Protection Agency says KDHE lied in coal argument
November 3, 2011
An Environmental Protection Agency official has accused lawyers representing a Kansas agency of lying to the state Supreme Court about support for a permit that would allow a $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant to be built in southwest Kansas.
Statehouse Live: Environmentalists seek to block western Kansas coal-burning plant
August 15, 2011
The Kansas Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice, alleged the permit given to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. violates the federal Clean Air Act.
KDHE had close ties with Sunflower Electric Co.
June 20, 2011
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment allowed operators of the Sunflower Electric Co. to answer public questions about the coal-fired electric plant that were intended to help shape permit requirements for the facility, according to a newspaper report.
Federal judge sides with Sierra Club in ruling over coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas
01:29 p.m., March 31, 2011 Updated 02:11 p.m.
A federal judge in Washington has sided with the Sierra Club in a legal dispute over a proposed coal-fired power plant in western Kansas, and an attorney for the environmental group predicted Thursday that the decision will at least delay the project.
Statehouse Live: Sierra Club wants EPA to prevent construction of coal-fired plant in southwest Kansas
08:55 a.m., March 1, 2011 Updated 05:06 p.m.
In a letter to EPA Regional Administrator Karl Brooks, the Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club says that state environmental officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment repeatedly failed to make the plant’s permit meet minimum requirements under the Clean Air Act.
Nonprofit study says proposed Sunflower coal plant in southwest Kansas won’t be clean
February 10, 2011
A new study compiled for a group that opposes the proposed Sunflower coal plant in southwest Kansas questions claims that the coal plant will be the cleanest of its kind in the country.
EPA questions air-quality permit for Kansas coal plant
Federal officials concerned limits too lax
February 6, 2011
Federal officials said Friday that Kansas hasn’t imposed strict enough limits on the potential air pollution from a new coal-fired power plant in the southwest part of the state.

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