TOPEKA, Kan. - Kansas Supreme Court justices have heard arguments over a permit issued by state regulators to allow the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in southwestern Kansas.
The court hearing on Friday will determine if a permit issued in 2010 to Sunflower Electric Power Corp. is proper, allowing construction to begin on the plant near Holcomb.
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups contend the permitting process was flawed. They argue the Kansas Department of Health and Environment took shortcuts for political reasons, and that members of the environmental groups have or will be harmed by the plant's emissions.
Attorneys for Hays-based Sunflower and the state contend the permit process relied on the best available scientific data, assuming the plant would use modern technology to reduce emissions.