07 July 2009– The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notified the state of Kansas and Sunflower Electric that a new permit will be required before Sunflower can build a proposed coal plant near Holcomb.
Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson and Sunflower reached an agreement in May to build the plant, but the EPA considered the agreement a new project that required a new permit.
The EPA said in a letter to both parties the public has a right to review and comment on any new permit for the proposed 895 MW coal-fired plant. It also said the plant will need a separate permit that contains limits on possible pollutants.