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Challenging The Sunflower Coal Plant Permit

Wind turbines in a Kansas wheat field.
Photo courtesy of Joseph Novak

What's at Stake

Case Overview

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1944, 2777

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Case Updates

June 27, 2014 | Blog Post

Suit Filed to Stop Kansas Coal Plant

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has given Sunflower Electric the green light to build a massive, dirty coal fired power plant.

November 13, 2013 | In the News: NewsOK

New Coal Plant Permit Reversed by Kansas Court

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.

October 4, 2013 | Legal Document

Kansas Supreme Court Decision

Court Decision: Kansas Supreme Court Issues Unanimous Decision to Reject Air Permit Issued for Proposed Holcomb Coal Plant in Southwestern Kansas

July 22, 2013 | In the News: Lawrence Journal-World

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.