Groups Spend Nearly $800K on Coal Plant Fight

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Lobbyists have reported spending $790,000 in an ongoing debate over two coal-fired power plants in southwest
Kansas.

Most of the money has been spent on advertising designed to sway public opinion.

The campaigns began after the state's top environmental regulator decided in October to deny an air-quality permit for the two plants. Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build them in Finney County. Know Your Power, a group opposed to Sunflower's project, spend
nearly $406,000 on advertising last year.

Since then, supporters have outspent opponents by more than
6-to-1.

A second bill allowing the plants has gone to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. She's expected to veto it, just as she rejected a bill last month.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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