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Environment
10:48 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Officials Approve Expansion Of Seaboard Foods' Hog Feeding Operation Despite Concerns

State regulators have approved a massive expansion at Seaboard Foods' hog feeding operation in western Kansas.

The state is permitting up to 396,000 animals at the Greely County facility.

This is despite concerns from the Sierra Club and others about whether the depleted Ogallala Aquifer underlying the facility has enough water to treat the waste from that many hogs.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment signed off on a wastewater permit for the facility on February 26th.

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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Community
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Get Help Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Ernest Tolon makes minor repairs to a Wichita home to increase its energy efficiency.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Two local groups are partnering in an attempt to reduce Wichita’s energy use and save homeowners money.

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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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Environment
6:18 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Sierra Club Irked At Ozone Monitor Shutdown

Range burning on the Konza Prairie.
Credit Courtesy / USDA NRCS

The Kansas Chapter of the Sierra Club says it's a mistake for the EPA to stop monitoring ozone pollution on the Konza Prairie, near Manhattan. Ozone concentrations there have been consistently higher than the level allowed under federal air quality standards.

The monitor four miles south of Manhattan has been collecting data since 2002. The EPA says their monitors operate at the discretion of the landowner.

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