For Immediate Release
June 8, 2010

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

KDHE continues reviewing permit application for Sunflower Electric; public
hearings anticipated in August

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) continues to review the permit application from Sunflower Electric for construction of an 895 megawatt coal-fired electrical generating unit (EGU) in Holcomb, Kan.

The application was submitted in January and staff in KDHE’s Bureau of Air is currently reviewing the permit application materials to ensure they meet Kansas air quality requirements. The remaining application updates from Sunflower are expected to be received soon and the review is anticipated to be completed by the beginning of July. Following the review, a public comment period will begin, with public hearings expected to be held in August.

Current public information meetings being held by Sunflower are not part of the state permitting process. Upon completion of the permit review process, KDHE will publish information on the public comment period as well as the state-led public hearings.

Following the public comment period, KDHE will review and respond to comments and make any necessary revisions.