Kansas Bill Would Indirectly Allow Coal-Fired Power Plants

If passed, Kansas House Bill 2182 could result in the construction of two coal-fired power plants. Although the bill does not specifically mention coal-fired power plants, it would limit the authority of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in the permitting process. The legislation would require the state’s air standards to be no more rigorous than federal standards and would force the KDHE Secretary to approve the permits of two hotly contested power plants under those standards. The KDHE Secretary rejected the power plant projects in 2007 but would have to reevaluate the applications under the federal Clean Air Act standards if HB 2182 were passed.