Coal Plant Deal Could Come Friday

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ House and Senate negotiators are closer to a deal on a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

Rep. Carl Dean Holmes, a Republican from Liberal who's the top House negotiator, says he expects an agreement Friday.

The bill would permit Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. That $3.6 billion project has been blocked since October by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' administration.

Both chambers already agreed on limiting the secretary of health and environment's power to set new air-pollution standards. The negotiators agreed to include a requirement that renewable resources, such as wind, must account for 10 percent of a utility's generating capacity by 2012.


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