Judge Dismisses Two Lawsuits in Coal Plant Fight

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A judge has dismissed two lawsuits by companies that want to build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas despite a state regulator's concerns about global warming.

Finney County Judge Philip Vieux on Tuesday dismissed without prejudice lawsuits filed by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and a Colorado partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association

The companies' suits challenged a state regulator's authority to deny an air-quality permit for the project near Holcomb. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby issued the denial last October, citing potential carbon dioxide emissions.

Bremby's decision inspired four other legal challenges.

Sunflower spokesman Steve Miller said the ultimate goal is to get a
definitive ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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