Kansas House approves bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions

Kansas House approves bill to limit greenhouse gas emissions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The Kansas House has approved a bill requiring the state to draft a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants but allowing legislators to have a say in its contents.

The vote Wednesday was 121-3 and sends the measure to the Senate.

The bill directs the Department of Health and Environment to develop an emissions plan but says the House and Senate energy committees must approve it.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has directed states to develop stricter emissions standards by June 2016 or face federal regulations.

The EPA estimates Kansas must cut emissions 23 percent from 2012 levels by 2030.

An earlier version of the bill would have given the utility-regulating Kansas Corporation Commission the final say on a emissions-reduction plan, but it met resistance in committee.

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