Sunflower Electric has received the air quality permit addendum for its proposed 895MW coal-fired power plant near Holcomb from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).
Governor Sam Brownback said that the KDHE has done its due diligence aimed to make sure that the plant delivers clean power to Kansans within current emission limits.
"The issuance of this permit addendum also ensures new job creation in Holcomb and south-west Kansas," Brownback said.
The company originally received the air quality permit from the KDHE for the project in December 2010, however, the permit was challenged and the Kansas Supreme Court reviewed the original decision and requested for KDHE to address two issues.
The issues included the federal regulations establishing one-hour NO2 and SO2 National Ambient Air Quality Standards, and apply new Hazardous Air Pollutant emission limits to the steam generator.
KDHE Secretary Dr Robert Moser said that the permit is compliant with all current state and federal laws, and addresses all issues that were put forth by the Kansas Supreme Court.
"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," Moser said.
The KDHE's go-ahead for the construction of $2.8bn coal-fired power plant comes after days before the federal government's plan to announce new rules for utilities aimed to restrict greenhouse gas emissions, Associated Press reported.
Expected to supply electricity to approximately 537,000 homes, the new plant would reserve 78% of its output to Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association.
Meanwhile, Sunflower has been acknowledged by the KDHE officials that the amended permit doesn't anticipate the greenhouse gas emissions rules, which the US Environmental Protection Agency will unveil.
Image: Sunflower Electric's proposed 895MW coal-fired power plant receives air quality permit. Photo: courtesy of John Kasawa/Freedigitalphotos.net.