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Environment
12:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

High Court To Hear EPA Challenge From Kansas

A battle over air pollution from power plants is headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. Bryan Thompson has more...

Kansas and 20 other states contend the EPA should have considered the costs of a 2011 rule. That rule forces coal-fired power plants to install new equipment to remove mercury and other toxins from their exhaust.

An appeals court held that they didn’t have to consider the cost, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the states’ challenge. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy says it’s a very narrow challenge, and one the agency will win.

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Environment
5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Haskell Indian Nations University And EPA Extends Successful Partnership

    

Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7 and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas have signed a new agreement that offers benefits to both. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The agreement provides an extension of a successful partnership between Haskell and the EPA that dates back to 1999. EPA spokesperson Chris Whitley says there are several areas of cooperation including faculty research participation, student internships and employment at the agency.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

EPA Official Says Kansas Is At Risk From Climate Change

The Regional Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency says climate change is already happening in Kansas and the entire region. As Bryan Thompson reports, Administrator Karl Brooks says the best way to minimize climate change is to implement the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Brooks says that’s because power plants are the largest uncontrolled source of carbon emissions in America.

“Our obligation to regulate those pollutants is clear," he says. "The Supreme Court announced that nearly six years ago.”

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Environment
11:44 am
Fri July 11, 2014

EPA: Clean Water Act Won't Tighten Farm Regulations

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency insists efforts to clarify her agency’s jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act won’t result in tighter farm regulations.

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy told the Kansas City Agribusiness Council on Thursday that misinformation coming out of Washington has caused confusion about the initiative.

Agriculture groups and farm-state politicians, including Gov. Brownback, have claimed the EPA’s efforts represent a power grab by a government seeking to assert more control over private property.

Environment
11:45 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Kansas Reaction To CO2 Controls At Power Plants Varies

The EPA has announced a plan to reduce the amount of carbon emitted by existing power plants. As Bryan Thompson explains, they’re proposing reduction targets, and leaving it up to the states how to meet those goals.

By the year 2030, the EPA wants Kansas to reduce emissions 23 percent below 2012 levels.

Gina Penzig is a spokeswoman for Westar Energy, the largest utility company in Kansas.

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Health
5:30 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Dangerous Chemical Invades West Wichita Drinking Water

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates the plume of tetrachloroethylene that sits underneath many homes in west Wichita.
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Residents of a West Wichita neighborhood learned in March that their private water wells had been contaminated with a chemical likely to cause major health defects. They’ve also learned that the contamination could be decades old.

Ron Barnhart owns a well groomed, one story home in west Wichita.

“We came here in ’64,” he says. “This was my parent’s house. I would always ask my dad through those years, you know, ‘Dad, what’s filtering that water coming from the ground?’ He had a filter down, but it wasn’t sufficient to put up with this.”

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Energy
7:49 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Court Reverses Permit For New Kansas Coal Plant

The Kansas Supreme Court has reversed a state agency's decision to issue a permit to construct a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

Friday's unanimous decision by the justices is a setback for Sunflower Electric Power Corporation in its plans to build a second plant near Holcomb.

The justices ruled that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment failed to account for new emission standards from the federal Environmental Protection Agency that were in place at the time the permit was issued.