Kansas Utility Plans $380M in Pollution Upgrades

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Westar Energy Inc. plans to upgrade the pollution control systems on a coal-fired power plant in northeast Kansas.

The Topeka-based utility said Wednesday that it expects the improvements at its Lawrence Energy Center to cost from $370 million to $380 million. The utility hopes to recover the cost through its rates.

Westar said it plans to install new filtration systems and rebuild the sulfur dioxide ``scrubbers'' on two of its three power-generating units. All three will get improved burner systems.

The changes are designed to reduce the emission of mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter.

Westar said construction should begin in 2010 and create about 350 jobs. The company expects the new equipment to be running by

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