For Immediate Release
June 30, 2010

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

Public Hearings Scheduled for Sunflower Electric Draft Air Quality Permit

Sunflower Electric Power Corp has applied for an air quality construction permit to construct one new 895-megawatt coal-fired steam generating unit and associated equipment at its generating station located in Holcomb. Public comments will be accepted July 1 – August 15 and a series of public hearings are scheduled for August.

The public hearings will be held at the following times:

In each location, the public hearing will begin at 2 p.m. and continue until all participants present have an opportunity to offer written and/or verbal comments, but no later than 5 p.m. The hearing will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. and continue until all verbal and/or written comments have been submitted by participants. People requiring special accommodations to participate in the public hearings should notify Linda Vandevord at (785) 296-6423 by 5 p.m. on July 23.

The public comment period begins on July 1, 2010 and ends on August 15, 2010. All comments should be submitted by e-mail to sunflowercomments@kdheks.gov , or in writing to: KDHE Bureau of Air, Attn.: Sunflower Comments, 1000 S.W. Jackson, Suite 310, Topeka, KS 66612-1366 or presented at the hearing.

A copy of the draft permit, permit application, supporting documentation, and information relied upon during the permit application review process are available for public review online at http://www.kdheks.gov/bar/index.html or at the above Topeka address during normal business hours (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) July 1 through August 15. Copies of the draft permit and all supporting documentation can also be reviewed at the KDHE Northwest District Office, 2301 East 13th St., Hays, or at the KDHE Southwest District Office, 302 W. MacArtor Road, Dodge City. The standard departmental cost will be assessed for any copies requested.

To obtain or review the draft permit and supporting documentation, contact Linda Vandevord at (785) 296-6423 in Topeka; Allen Guernsey, District Environmental Administrator at the KDHE Southwest District Office (620) 225-0596; or Dan Wells,  District Environmental Administrator at the KDHE Northwest District Office  at (785) 625-5665.