Wyoming lawmakers plan on setting aside $15 million to create a carbon research center.
Governor Matt Mead proposes the legislature set aside the money to help build the center by a Campbell County coal-fired power plant. Mead says scientists would use the center to find new ways to capture and use carbon.
Lawmakers in favor of the center say it would alleviate some environmental worries.
"There's a downward pressure on the coal market and until we do something to address the carbon concerns on the back side of power plants, we're going to see that continued pressure on our coal markets," said Speaker of the House Tom Lubnau, a Gillette Republican.
The Dry Fork Station near Gillette is a possible location for the center. The plant manager says the research center could help power plants meet strict federal regulations.
"Under the current regulations, there won't be any more coal power plants built without some kind of CO2 capture because with current technology you can't meet the limits that the Environmental Protection Agency has put on new sources," said plant manager Tom Stalcup.
Mead says no money would get spent until after an implementation plan is approved by his office and a task force.