Negotiators Reach Deal on Coal Plants

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Legislative negotiators agree on a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

The bill approved Wednesday also would limit the power of the secretary of Health and Environment to impose new air quality standards. The three senators and House members who drafted the final version of the bill hope the House can vote on it late Wednesday afternoon.

The measure would allow Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to built the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County. That $3.6 billion project has been blocked since October by KDHE executive director Rod Bremby.

One of the negotiators, Rep. Annie Kuether, a Topeka Democrat, still doesn't like some of the language. But supporters can get around her objections.

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