May 30, 2014

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Issues Sunflower Electric Air Quality Permit Addendum
in Compliance with Kansas Supreme Court Ruling

TOPEKA, Kan. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) today issued the air quality permit addendum for the proposed 895 MW Coal-Fired Power Plant at the Sunflower Electric Corporation near Holcomb.

“KDHE has done its due diligence to ensure this plant will deliver clean power to Kansans within current emission limits,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “The issuance of this permit addendum also ensures new job creation in Holcomb and Southwest Kansas.”

KDHE originally granted the air quality permit to the Sunflower Electric Corporation near Holcomb in December 2010. After the permit was challenged, the Kansas Supreme Court reviewed the original decision and asked for KDHE to address two issues; the federal regulations establishing 1-hour NO2 and SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards; and apply new Hazardous Air Pollutant emission limits to the steam generator.

“This permit is in compliance with all current state and federal laws, and addresses all issues brought forth by the Kansas Supreme Court,” said Secretary of KDHE, Dr. Robert Moser. “After many months of agency staff reviewing the addendum made to the original permit application, and working with various stakeholders, KDHE has decided to issue an air quality permit addendum to Sunflower Electric Corporation.”

Additional information and the addendum for the Sunflower Electric Corporation permit application can be found here: