KS House, Senate Try to Force Through Coal Plants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislators in both chambers are working on bills to help a utility build two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

But they're not sure how the measures will deal with a regulatory decision blocking the plants' construction.

Sunflower Electric Power Corp. wants to build the plants next to one it operates outside of Holcomb.

But in October, Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby denied a permit for the $3.6 billion project. He cited their potential carbon dioxide emissions.

House Energy and Utilities Committee Chairman Carl Dean Holmes said he hopes a bill will be ready in his chamber this week.

Senate President Steve Morris said his chamber's version of the measure probably won't be ready until next week.

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