A bill clearing the way for a new coal-fired power plant in Holcomb has won final legislative approval.
The House approved it Friday on a 103-18 vote, sending it to
Gov. Mark Parkinson. The Senate had passed it on a 37-2 vote
The bill contains renewable energy proposals, and Parkinson made
its passage a condition for allowing Sunflower Electric Power Corp.
to build an 895-megawatt power plant near Holcomb in Finney County.
Parkinson brokered the deal to end the 19-month impasse over the
state's refusal to issue an air-quality permit for Sunflower to
build two plants.
It also ends the litigation by Sunflower, which maintained the
state overstepped its authority in denying the permit in October