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New Hurdle for Sunflower's Coal-fired Project in Kansas

LCG, July 2, 2009--The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)issued a letter Wednesday to Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and Sunflower Electric Power Corporation (Sunflower) directing Sunflower to restart the permit process for a proposed 895-MW, coal-fired unit planned at an existing electric generating station near Holcomb, Kansas.

The EPA's Regional Administrator stated,"The redesign of this new unit, as well as public input on the new project, will need to be considered in determining the form and content of any final permit."

In May, the new Governor of Kansas approved a settlement agreement with Sunflower that permits the construction of a single, 895-MW unit, rather than two, 700-MW units. With the settlement and subsequent passage of an energy plan supporting the coal-fired project by the Kansas Legislature, it appeared that the project, initially filed by Sunflower in 2006, would proceed to construction.

Governor Parkinson replaced Kathleen Sebelius, who is now U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services. While governor, Ms. Sebelius denied an air quality permit for Sunflower's proposed coal-fired unit and vetoed three measures submitted by the Legislature to overturn the decision to reject the permit.

The EPA has recently challenged other coal projects. In April, the EPA filed for a "complete remand" of a prior air permit - issued by the EPA - for the 1,500-MW Desert Rock Energy Facility to be built in Navajo Nation lands in the Four Corners area. The Environmental Appeals Board, an EPA organization, will now decide if the permit issued will be sent back to the EPA's Pacific Southwest office for further review.

The EPA issued an air permit on July 31, 2008 for the Desert Rock Energy Facility. The application for the air permit was submitted in early 2004, and the EPA has one year to issue a decision by law. The project developers, Sithe Global Power LLC., and Dine Power Authority, an enterprise of the Navajo Nation, sued the EPA in March 2008, claiming that the EPA was delaying the permit.
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