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10:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Brownback Signs Kansas Greenhouse Gas Legislation

Gov. Sam Brownback signs copies of HB 2636 at Holcomb Generating Station
Credit Bryan Thompson

Governor Sam Brownback has signed a bill that seeks to let Kansas craft its own unique approach to regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

The governor held a signing ceremony on Wednesday at a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

The ceremony took place at the Sunflower Electric plant near Holcomb. Governor Brownback says the EPA is expected to issue guidelines this summer regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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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.

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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5:51 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Environmentalists Criticize Coal Plant Provision

Opponents of a coal-fired power plant planned for southwest Kansas say that developers of the project still face obstacles in completing the work, despite legislation approved by the U.S. House.

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5:37 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Farm Bill May Ease Rules For Coal Plant

The U.S. House-approved farm bill contains a provision that environmentalists say would ease rules for building a coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas.

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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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