TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A judge dismisses two lawsuits by companies
that want to build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas
despite a state regulator's concerns about global warming.
Finney County Judge Philip Vieux today dismissed without
prejudice lawsuits filed by Sunflower Electric Power Corp. and a
Colorado partner, Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association
The companies' suits challenged a state regulator's authority to
deny an air-quality permit for the project near Holcomb. Kansas
Department of Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby issued
the denial last October, citing potential carbon dioxide emissions.
Bremby's decision inspired four other legal challenges.
Sunflower spokesman Steve Miller said the ultimate goal is to get a
definitive ruling from the Kansas Supreme Court.