Colorado power plant bill close to winning final approval |

Colorado power plant bill close to winning final approval

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

DENVER – Legislation aimed at using natural gas to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants is close to final passage.

The state Senate voted 20-13 to back the bill Wednesday. Now the House must vote on whether to accept changes made in the Senate. Then the bill could be signed into law by Gov. Bill Ritter, who helped negotiate the proposal.

The bill is backed by an unlikely alliance of natural gas companies and environmentalists. Backers say it will help the state get ahead of expected regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The gas industry says the bill will increase drilling 15 percent and create 400 new jobs. But the coal industry says the jobs of 800 people – from miners to railroad workers – are at risk.

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