Gov. Mark Parkinson says he is not putting
pressure on anyone to approve a permit that would allow
construction of a controversial coal-fired power plant in southwest
Parkinson issued a statement Monday discussing a review of the
air permit application from Sunflower Electric Power Corp. in Hays.
The outgoing governor says the Kansas Department of Health and
Environment will review the permit application in a fair and
independent manner and will not consider unfair input.
Environmental groups oppose the plant, contending it would add
to air pollution.
Questions about the process have swirled since Rod Bremby, the
secretary of the KDHE, resigned last Tuesday. Bremby had blocked a
previous proposal for two plants, citing possible health concerns
from greenhouse gas emissions.