Holcomb

Environment
11:32 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Coal’s Future In Kansas Clouded By New Regulations

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One of the subplots in this political year is the battle over coal. A Washington group with deep Republican ties is pouring a quarter-million dollars into TV ads urging Kansans to join Governor Sam Brownback in fighting-quote-"for Kansas jobs and cheaper energy." It's a reference to one of the state's longest simmering political battles – the dispute over the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas. Bryan Thompson explores the controversy...

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Energy
12:11 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

Southwest Kansas Power Plant Permit Okayed

Holcomb Station
Credit coutesy of SunflowerElectric

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has approved a revised permit for expansion of a coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas.

The permit is for expansion of Sunflower Electric’s hotly-contested plant near Holcomb.

The Kansas Supreme Court last year mandated tighter controls on air pollution from the proposed expansion, requiring it to meet hourly limits.

The original permit called for three-hour averaging of emissions.

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Energy
7:14 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New EPA Rule Could Threaten Kansas Coal-Fired Plant Expansion

The EPA has proposed new carbon emissions standards for coal and gas-fired power plants built in the future. However, it's unclear whether the rule will apply to the expansion of a coal-fired plant in southwest Kansas.

If the new standards are applied to the expansion of the Sunflower electric generating station, near Holcomb, it could get expensive. The plant would likely have to capture some of the carbon it produces, and store it below ground. Sunflower’s Colorado-based partner has told the EPA the new rule should not apply because they’ve already commenced construction.

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Politics
7:32 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Holcomb Delays Allowing Concealed Weapons In Public Buildings

Holcomb city council has voted to delay implementing a new state law that allows concealed weapons in public buildings. City administrator Robin Pena said the six-month extension will give Holcomb time to create a plan to keep everyone safe.

The law takes effect July 1, but local governments are allowed to seek a delay until Jan. 1, 2014.

Energy
6:13 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Another Snag In Plans To Expand Kansas Power Plant

Plans to expand a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas have run into another snag.

An appellate court in Washington, DC, says a federal agency violated the law by clearing the way for expansion of Sunflower Electric’s power plant in Holcomb without first reviewing its impact on the environment.

Attorney Amanda Goodin represents the Sierra Club, which filed suit to stop the expansion.

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