Anybody who has ever tried to get license plates knows that dealing with government entities can be a frustrating and laborious task. However, when it's your job as a state official, it's probably best to shut up, smile and play the bureaucratic game.
Apparently Tom Gross with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Air doesn't care for this little guideline.
Gross whined to the state's House Energy and Utilities Committee about how hard it was to get straight answers on new greenhouse-gas rules from the Environmental Protection Agency. Normally that might be fine. It certainly wouldn't be shocking if the EPA was a little slow to dish out information or was fuzzy on specifics. But this was a boneheaded move because the EPA is in the perfect position to knee KDHE in the balls.
According the the Lawrence Journal-World, Gross was griping about the
EPA requirements that new and growing power plants and other
greenhouse-gas-producing industrial facilities must use the latest
pollution-mitigating technologies available. From the piece:
"The whole process was incredibly frustrating," Gross told
the House Energy and Utilities Committee. "We told them a few words we
can't repeat," he said.
But why should Gross have avoided needling the feds with salty language?
Because the permit that KDHE approved (jammed through, actually) for
the Holcomb 2 coal-fired power plant late last year now needs the
EPA's approval. Yes, Gross is bragging about chewing out the EPA, while
his department needs the EPA to sign off on one of its most
important projects. It's like a teenager asking his mom to let him stay
out past curfew while badmouthing her to her face.
If the EPA wants to, it can give KDHE and Sunflower Electric Company,
which wants to build the plant, a very hard time as it reviews and revises the
permit. It will be interesting to see how badly its feelings were hurt.
Meanwhile, in somewhat related news, a stamp commemorating Kansas'
sesquicentennial has been revealed. And what did the U.S. Postal
Service think best represents Kansas' century and a half of history? The farmers who made the state an agricultural powerhouse? Coal trains chugging through the state on their way to the Holcomb plant to fuel industry? Um, no. Five wind turbines in a rolling field.
Maybe coal plants are too hard to draw?