EPA To Kansas: Start Over On Coal Plant Proposal

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A federal official is telling Kansas to start over in considering a proposal for a new coal-fired power plant in the southwestern part of the state.

The Environmental Protection Agency's acting regional administrator sent a letter Wednesday to Kansas Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby.

Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build its coal-fired plant in Finney County. Sunflower had wanted to build two plants, but Bremby rejected an air-quality permit for the project in October 2007.

Sunflower's new proposal arises from a deal it struck in May with Gov. Mark Parkinson. The company filed a revised application for an air-quality permit with KDHE last month.

EPA spokesman David Bryan said the federal agency wants to make sure that KDHE has public hearings on the Sunflower proposal.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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