The Kansas official who was supposed to
decide the fate of a new coal-fired power plant is leaving his job
before the decision is made.
Gov. Mark Parkinson's office confirmed Tuesday that Rod Bremby
is out as secretary of health and environment.
Parkinson spokeswoman Amy Jordan Wooden said that Parkinson
asked Bremby to help lead the transition to a new governor, but
Bremby declined. Parkinson leaves office in January.
Still pending is a decision on a proposed environmental permit
for Sunflower Electric Power Corp. The Hays-based utility wants to
build a new coal-fired power plant in Finney County.
The utility has hoped that a permit will be issued by the end of
the year, so the new plant can avoid federal greenhouse gas rules
taking effect Jan. 2.