Sunflower requests air permit for planned 895 MW coal-fired plant

14 January 2010– Sunflower Electric Power Corp. submitted a new application to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for an air permit to build an 895 MW coal-fired unit at the Holcomb generating station in Kansas.

Sunflower initially filed an application to construct the facility in 2006 and was denied the air quality permit. In 2009, the state’s new governor approved a settlement agreement with Sunflower to allow construction of a single, 895 MW unit rather than two, 700 MW units. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency then had Sunflower restart the permit process for the unit over the summer.

The state environmental department is expected to review the application over the next three to six months and issue a draft permit for public comment.
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