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CO Power = Kansas Pollution?


Wednesday, December 22, 2010   

DENVER - A watchdog group is accusing a Colorado power company of flouting the intentions of the state's energy policy to phase out coal as a source for electricity in the state. The company, Tri-State Energy, serves rural cooperatives in Colorado and three other states.

Stephanie Cole, associate regional representative with the Sierra Club, says the company is front and center in a plan approved by the Kansas Department of Health and the Environment last week for a massive coal-fueled plant to be sited just 60 miles from the Colorado-Kansas border.

"Specifically, they are identified as being the entity that would not only purchase 695 megawatts of power but actually own 695 megawatts of power from the Sunflower Coal Plant."

In a statement, Tri-State said the company is only a "potential" customer for the power, and that the recent air permit is but one step in a long permitting and development process. But Tri-State's own projections question the long-term need for the power fueled by the Sunflower facility.

The Sunflower plant was denied a similar permit in 2007, and nearly 6,000 people commented on the viability of the plant during the six-month public review process this year. Cole says the environmental damage of coal-fueled energy will extend far beyond the Kansas state borders for decades.

"The carbon pollution, that's going to have global implications, quite literally, because this would be a very large new source of greenhouse gas pollutants. Of course, that's something that affects us all, not just Kansans."

The Environmental Protection Agency has indicated it may review the Sunflower plant approval process to determine if it adequately considered public input and if the plans meet the standards of the Clean Air Act.

Tri-State Energy also provides power to Nebraska, Wyoming and New Mexico.

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