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Coal Plant Controversy Rekindles

By Bryan Thompson, Kansas Public Radio


Salina, KS – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is once again on the hot seat. Sunflower Electric Power Corporation is seeking a permit for construction of a coal-fired power plant near the southwest Kansas town of Holcomb. The proposal, in one form or another, has been stirring up debate since 2006. Plans for the plant have been radically scaled back. But as Bryan Thompson reports, the issue still seems to pit environmental concerns against economic growth.


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