KDHE issues Sunflower Electric air quality permit addendum

5/30/2014

By The Telegram

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment today issued an air quality permit addendum for a proposed 895-MW coal-fired power plant at Sunflower Electric Corp.’s site near Holcomb.

“KDHE has done its due diligence to ensure this plant will deliver clean power to Kansans within current emission limits,” Gov. Sam Brownback said in response to the decision. “The issuance of this permit addendum also ensures new job creation in Holcomb and southwest Kansas.”

The KDHE originally granted the air quality permit to Sunflower in December 2010. After the permit was challenged, the Kansas Supreme Court reviewed the original decision and asked for KDHE to address two issues: the federal regulations establishing 1-hour NO2 and SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards; and to apply new Hazardous Air Pollutant emission limits to the propopsed plant’s steam generator.

“This permit is in compliance with all current state and federal laws and addresses all issues brought forth by the Kansas Supreme Court,” said Robert Moser, secretary of the KDHE. “After many months of agency staff reviewing the addendum made to the original permit application, and working with various stakeholders, KDHE has decided to issue an air quality permit addendum to Sunflower Electric Corp.”

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