EPA moves quickly for $4 billion battery plant in Kansas

A progression of color maps illustrated the U.S. Army's work on removing pollution from the former ammunition manufacturing plant at De Soto that is to be the site of a proposed $4 billion Panasonic vehicle battery manufacturing plant. Federal and state regulators issued a new permit allowing redevelopment of land for Panasonic. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)


While the oil and gas industry often criticizes the EPA for its inability to move quickly in acting on fossil fuel permits, such wasn’t the case for the site of a $4 billion battery plant in Kansas—the plant sought by Oklahoma.

The Kansas Reflector reported that state and federal environmental regulators approved a change of the permit that will allow part of the former Sunflower Army Ammunition plant to be used for the Panasonic Energy vehicle battery plant.

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