Kansas Environment Secretary Fired for Not Fast-Tracking Coal Plant Permit


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Apparently in Kansas, regulating coal-fired power plants is not what the state's top environment official is supposed to do. Health and Environment Secretary Rod Bremby was replaced earlier this week, after first refusing the governor's 'offer' to step down and take the position of Cabinet transition director—and all signs point to Bremby's firm stance against coal-fired power plants as the reason for the decision. Earthjustice says that when Mark Parkinson replaced Kathleen Sebelius as governor, he made a deal with the Sunflower coal plant seeking to obtain a permit before new regulations go into effect in January.

Bremby, who has been recognized for his leadership on renewable energy and for being the first state regulator to deny coal plant permits based on carbon dioxide emissions, refused to comply with the fast-tracking process and was intent on following proper legal procedure in reviewing the coal plant's application.

So what does the governor do? Fires Bremby.

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