Kansas Utility to Try Again For Coal Plants

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ A utility plans to push again next year for legislative approval of two proposed coal-fired power plants in western Kansas.

The plants would be built in Finney County by Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration has blocked the project. In October 2007, it denied Sunflower an air-quality permit over the plants' potential carbon dioxide emissions.

During their 2008 session, lawmakers passed three bills to overturn that decision, but Sebelius vetoed them.

Sunflower spokeswoman Cindy Hertel says the company certainlywill make another push after the 2009 Legislature convenes Jan. 12.

Sierra Club spokeswoman Stephanie Cole says her group is ready for the debate.

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