Supporters, Opponents of Coal Plants Use Different Numbers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Supporters of two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas argue they would be the cleanest ones in the state.

And they're correct, when it comes to pounds of carbon dioxide produced for each megawatt hour of electricity.

But Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby says that assessment is misleading because of the sheer size of the project.

He notes that the two plants could produce up to 11 million tons of CO2 a year. It's why he won't grant an air-quality permit.

Those different perspectives are a big reason why most legislators are in conflict with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build the two plants outside Holcomb. Critics worry about their greenhouse gases.

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