For Immediate Release
December 11, 2008

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

Office of Administrative Hearings Upholds KDHE Secretary's Denial
of the Sunflower Electric Air Quality Permit Application

The Kansas Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) today issued an order that upheld the Secretary of Health and Environment's decision to deny the Sunflower Electric Cooperative application for an air quality permit based on the authority provided to the Secretary under Kansas statutes, rules and regulations.

The OAH decision affirms that the Secretary's decision was proper and within his authority.  The matter will ultimately be decided by the Kansas Supreme Court.

We do not anticipate making any further comments on the ruling.