Kansas officials await EPA greenhouse gas rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Kansas officials are waiting to see how the federal
government plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions only days after the state
signed off on a new, $2.8 billion coal-fired power plant.

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency planned to announce the new
regulations Monday in Washington. Administration officials have said the rules
would give states goals for reducing emissions but allow flexibility in meeting
them.

Heat-trapping greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide are tied to climate
change. Kansas doesn't regulate such emissions, but a state law taking effect in
July will allow the secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
to set rules.

KDHE Secretary Robert Moser gave the go-ahead Friday for Sunflower Electric
Power Corp. to build the new coal-fired power plant in southwest Kansas.

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