Senate to Vote on Coal Plants Bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate expects to vote on a bill allowing two coal-fired power plants in southwest Kansas.

If senators approve the measure it will go to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. But she has promised to veto it.

The House approved the measure 75-47 on Wednesday. The final version was drafted by negotiators for the two chambers.

The bill permits Sunflower Electric Power Corp. to build the two plants outside Holcomb, in Finney County.

It also limits the secretary of health and environment's ability to deny air-quality permits for such projects. The bill also limits his power to impose new air-pollution rules.

In October, KDHE Secretary Rod Bremby denied an air-quality permit for Sunflower's $3.6 billion project.

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