Negotiators on Kansas Coal Plants Bill to Meet

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislative negotiators plan to meet Tuesday to discuss a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

The six lawmakers will try to work out differences between House and Senate versions of the energy legislation.

The bill overturns the denial of a state air-quality permit for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. The Hays-based company wants to build the two coal-fired power plants in Finney County.

The Kansas secretary of health and environment denied the permit in October 2007 because of the plants' potential carbon dioxide emissions.

The House and Senate versions agree on those provisions.

But there are differences over other parts of the bill promoting renewable energy. Those proposals are included to attract support from lawmakers wary of new coal plants.

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