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Westar $500 million settlement to reduce emissions

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at 11:18 a.m.

Westar Energy has agreed to pay a $3 million penalty and spend about $500 million to upgrade a power plant to settle a federal air pollution complaint.

The settlement will lower sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions by thousands of tons at the coal-fired Jeffrey Energy Center near St. Marys.

The settlement will also require Westar to spend $6 million to retrofit diesel-powered vehicles owned by public entities; install new wind turbines at schools and nonprofits; install advanced equipment at truck stops to reduce emissions from idling; reduce emissions from Westar's fleet by retrofitting diesel vehicles and buying hybrids.

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