Kansas House Panel to Discuss Coal Bill Next Week

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas House committee expects to vote
next week on a bill limiting the power of the secretary of the
Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The House Energy and Utilities Committee had a hearing Wednesday on the bill. It was another round in the fight over coal-fired electric power plants in Kansas.

Chairman Carl Dean Holmes, a Liberal Republican, said the committee will debate the measure next week, along with other energy bills.

In 2007 KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby refused to issue air-quality permits to build two such plants in southwestern Kansas.

Opponents believe the measure would require the secretary to approve permits for the plants.

Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed three bills in 2008 aimed at
overturning Bremby's decision.

The measure is House Bill 2182. Track it on the legislature's web site.

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