Kansas Considers CO² Limits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas legislators have drafted bills to set the state's first limits on carbon dioxide emissions, but allowing two new, coal-fired power plants.

The measures have been drafted by the Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the House and Senate utilities committees. They are being introduced today.

One key provision would permit Sunflower Electric Power Corporation to build two coal-fired plants outside Holcomb.

But those plants, and other new electric plants, would face new CO2 standards.

The standards for new CO2 plants would drop 20 percent after their first year in operation and by 30 percent after 10 years. A utility that couldn't meet the standard would have to pay a tax of three dollars per ton.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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