Kansas Senate Advances Coal Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The state Senate has advanced a bill backed by Gov. Mark Parkinson that paves the way for building a coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

The chamber gave the bill first-round approval Thursday afternoon. Senate leaders expect easy passage on a final vote that would send the measure to the House.

The legislation contains renewable energy proposals backed by Parkinson. The governor made the bill's passage a condition of allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build an 895-megawatt power plant in Finney County.

Passage of the bill also would end Sunflower's litigation over denial of an air-quality permit for the two coal-fired plants the company initially sought to build.

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