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Court rules against planned coal-fired power plant

D.C. Circuit Court dismissed appeal by Sunflower Electric Holcomb expansion power plant Kansas Colorado

The D.C. Circuit Court dismissed an appeal by Sunflower Electric of a ruling requiring environmental review of a planned coal-fired power plant in Kansas.

The ruling lets stand a district court ruling that the U.S. government violated the law by allowing Sunflower to proceed with the proposed $2.8 billion, 895 MW Holcomb expansion plant without first examining environmental effects and alternatives.  The plant received a Prevention of Significant Deterioration air permit in December 2010.

In March 2011, a federal judge ruled that the Rural Utilities Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, violated federal law by providing approval and financial assistance to the plant without environmental review and public involvement. Sunflower appealed that decision.

The plant has been in litigation with environmental groups since 2007.

To read the ruling, click here.

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