Kansas Court Upholds Decision Supporting New Coal Plant

By Editors of Power Engineering

The Kansas Supreme Court upheld a 2014 decision by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment approving an 895-MW coal plant to be built in Southwestern Kansas.

The Sierra Club sued to block the decision, arguing the department didn’t impose limits on emissions and rushed the decision, the Associated Press reported.

However, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously the Sierra Club could not prove the agency’s action was unreasonable or arbitrary.

The move now clears the way for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to construct the plant adjacent to an existing coal plant outside Holcomb at a cost of $2.2 billion. The company had been seeking to build the plant outside Holcomb for more than a decade.

Though Sunflower officials said they were pleased with the decision, spokeswoman Cindy Hertel called it an “incremental step” as the utility evaluates its plans.”

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