Governor Gets Second Coal Plant Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has received a second bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

She will have until April 24 to decide whether to sign it. But legislators expect her to veto the measure, just as she rejected a similar bill last month.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. Its $3.6 billion project has bipartisan legislative support.

The project has been blocked since October by Rod Bremby, the governor's secretary of health and environment. In denying an air-quality permit for Sunflower, Bremby cited the plants' potential carbon dioxide emissions. Many scientists link man-made greenhouse gas emissions to global warming.

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

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