Time running out for proposed Kansas coal-fired power plant

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Time is running out to begin construction on a new coal-fired power plant in Kansas before its permit lapses.

The battle over the plant has lasted more than a decade. By the time the Kansas Supreme Court cleared the way for construction in 2017, a company involved in it called the chances it would be built “remote.”

But The Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle report that documents they obtained show the utility spearheading the project told regulators that “significant interest” remains in building the plant.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. asked for an 18-month extension of a key permit “to finalize arrangements” for its construction. State regulators renewed the permit until March 2020 and warned they would not allow more time.

Sunflower didn’t rule anything in or out this week.

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