What's at Stake
The Kansas Supreme court reversed a state agency decision to issue a permit to the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation for the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Southwest Kansas. The court ruled that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment failed to apply one-hour emission standards that were issued by the EPA before the permit was granted.
House-approved farm bill provision promotes construction of controversial coal-burning Sunflower plant
The farm bill recently approved by the U.S. House of Representatives includes a provision that may allow Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to circumvent a federal court decision suspending their construction of a coal-burning electric power plant in southwest Kansas. A U.S. District Court judge had previously ordered the Rural Utilities Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to conduct an environmental review of the project before approving Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s proposal.