Kansas Senate Debates Bill on Coal-fired Plants

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The Senate debates a bill today to clear the way for coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas. It's the latest round in a fight over coal plants between Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and most legislators.

The measure would also restrict the power of the secretary of health and environment to set emissions standards. The House passed its own version of the measure last week. Sebelius is expected to veto it.

Hays-based Sunflower Electric Power wants to build the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby denied Sunflower an air-quality permit in October 2007. As with the House version, the Senate version ties those provisions to other, ``green'' measures designed to encourage the development of renewable energy sources.