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Is KDHE a regulator or a manipulator?

Earlier this year, the public learned about the cozy relationship between the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Sunflower Electric Power Corp. KHDE even had Sunflower respond to questions from the public about its proposed coal-fired power plant near Holcomb and then passed off some of the answers as KDHE's own. Now the Environmental Protection Agency is objecting to KDHE attorneys' statement to the Kansas Supreme Court that "EPA has no substantial objection to the issuance of the construction permit." In fact, EPA sent three letters to KDHE informing it that Sunflower's permit was not strict enough. So not only did KDHE ignore EPA's directives, it tried to mislead the Supreme Court. These are people in charge of protecting our health and environment?