Legislator Blocking Coal Plant to Testify

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislators who support two coal-fired power
plants in southwest Kansas plan to question a regulator who's
blocking their construction.

Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby is the last person scheduled to testify during Tuesday's meeting of a committee examining his denial of an air-quality permit for Sunflower Electric Power Corp.

Sunflower sought the permit for its $3.6 billion project outside Holcomb, and all six committee members support it.

Bremby denied the permit last month, citing concerns about potential carbon dioxide emissions, seen by many scientists as a major contributor to global warming.

Sunflower has asked Bremby to reconsider his decision but expects to challenge it in court.

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