New Coal Plant Bill Emerges

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A new proposal for allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas has emerged, this time in the Senate.

Like a House bill drafted last week, the measure would let Sunflower Electric Power Corp. build the plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. It also strips the secretary of health and environment of some power.

The new Senate measure doesn't include a provision in the House bill to require the two plants to meet new pollution standards, including the state's first limit on carbon dioxide.

The Senate Utilities Committee endorsed the new bill on a 7-1 vote Wednesday. Chairman Jay Emler, a Lindsborg Republican, said CO2 limits won't pass.

Both bills are similar to a measure Gov. Kathleen Sebelius vetoed.

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