Among the issues facing the Sunflower proposal are:
Locking Kansas in to Dirty Power for Decades
"While we are looking over this new application, we are still convinced that locking Kansas into another 50 years of dirty, polluting coal energy is the wrong choice for our state. Our state is perfectly positioned to develop its abundant clean energy resources that can help solve global warming and create thousands of new family-supporting jobs," said Stephanie Cole of Sierra Club, Kansas.
Sunflower Already in Debt to U.S. Taxpayers
"This polluting coal plant shouldn't be built. The costs of building new coal plants have risen enormously since this project was first proposed. Better energy efficiency and improvements in managing energy demand have reduced the need for big new coal plants," said Amanda Goodin of Earthjustice. "Sunflower already owes the federal government hundreds of millions of dollars for past coal energy plants and the government can't legally allow Sunflower to proceed with the plant without first considering the environmental harm it will cause."
Earthjustice has argued the new facility would be a large contributor to global warming through its carbon emissions, and other dangerous pollutants, such as fine particulate matter, which pose grave risks to the health and welfare of nearby residents. Moreover, a legal filing from Earthjustice and the Sierra Club in 2009 found that Sunflower Electric Power Corporation has a history of racking up public debt which never gets paid back.
Another problem Goodin points out is the fact that, "The Environmental Protection Agency, under the federal Clean Air Act, has the power to stop Sunflower until it is satisfied that the issues of air pollution and global warming have been completely addressed."
Amanda Goodin, Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340, ext. 20
Stephanie Cole, Sierra Club, (402) 984-1122