Sunflower Electric coal plant suffers setback in court

Sunflower Electric Power Corp.’s appeal of an environmental review for a proposed coal-fired power plant was dismissed by a D.C. Circuit Court.

The ruling lets stand a district court ruling that the U.S. government violated the law by allowing Sunflower to proceed with the proposed $2.8 billion, 895 MW Holcomb expansion plant without first examining environmental effects and alternatives.  The plant received a prevention of significant deterioration air permit in December 2010, according to Power Engineering.

In March 2011, a federal judge ruled that the Rural Utilities Service, a branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, violated federal law by providing approval and financial assistance to the plant without environmental review and public involvement. The plant has been in litigation with environmental groups since 2007.

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