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KCP&L Substation Generates Opposition On Westside

KCP&L originally planned to lease space at the DST Business Park for the new substation. Photo by Sylvia Maria Gross/KCUR.


Kansas City, MO – Residents say the highways and railroads cutting through the neighborhood are just the beginning of the area's environmental problems. So when Kansas City Power & Light recently unveiled plans for a new electrical substation on the Westside, some residents started mounting opposition. The plan was narrowly approved by the City Plan Commission this week and should go before the City Council, but KCP&L says it will take a step back and talk to neighborhood residents. KCUR's Sylvia Maria Gross recently went by to find out more.

Hear from Lynda Callon, resident and director of the Westside CAN Center, as well as Chuck Caisley, Senior Director of Public Affairs at KCP&L.

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Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.
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