For Immediate Release
Febuary 29, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461


KDHE Issues Air Quality Permit for Project at Jeffrey Energy Center

Westar Will Voluntarily Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued an air quality construction permit to Westar Energy to upgrade their Jeffrey Energy Center facility. The project will increase generating efficiency while significantly reducing emissions of most air pollutants.

Westar has also become the first electrical generation company in Kansas to sign a formal agreement with KDHE to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide.

Under the agreement, Westar will perform a company-wide inventory of its greenhouse gas emissions. It will also conduct a comprehensive evaluation of net greenhouse gas reduction measures, including carbon capture and sequestration as well as energy efficiency programs. Upon approval from KDHE, Westar will implement the reduction measures at each of their applicable generating units.

“I commend Westar for its cooperation and progressive planning strategies,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE. “This agreement is a prime example of government and private industry working together to find common ground while protecting the health and environment of our fellow Kansans.”

As part of the agreement, Westar will join the Climate Registry and participate in the Environmental Protection Agency Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) Emission Reduction Partnership for Electric Power Systems.

Westar has also signed the Regional Haze Agreement, aimed at reducing emissions of air pollutants through plant modifications and pollution control devices. The agreement establishes enforceable emissions limits for each of Westar’s nine fossil-fueled electric generating units in Kansas.

Note to editors and reporters: Copies of the KDHE/Westar agreement and the Regional Haze Agreement are available at http://www.kdheks.gov/press_room.htm.