KDHE Tries to Clarify Policy on CO2

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Kansas agency says carbon dioxide emissions will be a factor in issuing air quality permits only when new power plants are involved.

The Department of Health and Environment issued what it called a "guidance document'' yesterday in hope of clarifying its policy.

Department spokeswoman Maggie Thompson said the document is a response to suggestions that the state's regulatory climate is uncertain.

The department and Secretary Rod Bremby have been criticized over Bremby's October 2007 denial of an air-quality permit to Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

The Hays-based utility wants to build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. Bremby cited potential carbon dioxide emissions in denying the permit.