Volume 41 - Issue 32 - August 11, 2022
State of Kansas
Department of Health and Environment
Notice Concerning Proposed Kansas Air Quality Class I Operating Permit Renewal
Notice is hereby given that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is soliciting comments regarding a proposed air quality operating permit. Sunflower Electric Power Corporation – Great Bend Station has applied for a Class I operating permit renewal in accordance with the provisions of K.A.R. 28-19-510 et al. The purpose of a Class I permit is to identify the sources and types of regulated air pollutants emitted from the facility; the emission limitations, standards, and requirements applicable to each source; and the monitoring, record keeping, and reporting requirements applicable to each source as of the effective date of permit issuance.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, 2440 S. Holcomb Lane Ave., PO Box 430, Holcomb, KS 67851 owns and operates a fossil fuel power generation facility (Great Bend Station) located at 335 NW 50th Ave., Great Bend, Barton County, KS 67530.
A copy of the proposed permit, permit application, all supporting documentation, and all information relied upon during the permit application review process are available for public review during normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the KDHE, Bureau of Air (BOA), 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 310, Topeka, KS 66612-1366 and at the Northwest District Office, 2301 E. 13th St., Hays, KS 67601. To obtain or review the proposed permit and supporting documentation, contact Ashley Eichman, 785-296-1713, at the central office of the KDHE or Byron Dotson, 785-261-6117, at the Northwest District Office. The standard departmental cost will be assessed for any copies requested. The proposed permit, accompanied with supporting information, is available, free of charge, at the KDHE BOA Public Notice website at https://www.kdhe.ks.gov/413/Public-Notices.
Please direct written comments or questions regarding the proposed permit to Ashley Eichman, KDHE, BOA, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 310, Topeka, KS 66612-1366. In order to be considered in formulating a final permit decision, written comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022.
A person may request a public hearing be held on the proposed permit. The request for a public hearing shall be in writing and set forth the basis for the request. The written request must be submitted to Ashley Eichman, KDHE BOA, 1000 SW Jackson, Suite 310, Topeka, KS 66612-1366, no later than 12:00 p.m. Monday, September 12, 2022, in order for the Secretary of Health and Environment to consider the request.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a 45-day review period, which will start concurrently with the public comment period, within which to object to the proposed permit. If the EPA has not objected in writing to the issuance of the permit within the 45-day review period, any person may petition the administrator of the EPA to review the permit. The 60-day public petition period will directly follow the EPA’s 45-day review period. Interested parties may contact KDHE to determine if the EPA’s 45-day review period has been waived.
Any such petition shall be based only on objections to the permit that were raised with reasonable specificity during the public comment period provided for in this notice, unless the petitioner demonstrates that it was impracticable to raise such objections within such period, or unless the grounds for such objection arose after such period. Contact Keith Johnson, U.S. EPA, Region 7, Air Permitting and Compliance Branch, 11201 Renner Blvd., Lenexa, KS 66219, 913-551-7960, to determine when the 45-day EPA review period ends and the 60-day petition period commences.
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