Navajo Generating Station.
December 13, 2011
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The president of the Navajo Nation signed a lease extension with a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona that’s worth $1.2 billion to the tribe over the next three decades. But the plant owners aren’t too happy with some of the tribe’s conditions.
Los Angeles plans to go coal free by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions. The city currently gets 40 percent of its energy from coal-fired power plants in Arizona and Utah. So while great for Earth Day, quitting coal will have ripple effects on the region, not to mention ratepayers.
The Navajo Council started its spring session this week in Window Rock. The tribal leaders will vote on whether to extend its lease with a coal-fired power plant in northern Arizona.
The Environmental Protection Agency has given the west’s largest coal-fired power plant 10 years to install pollution controls that could cost as much as a billion dollars. The Navajo Generating Station’s owners say that may not be enough time.
Federal agencies have outlined a plan to clean up the largest coal-fired power plant in the West. Environmentalists speculate this means a transition from coal to renewable energy.
Environmentalists filed an appeal challenging Peabody Coal’s mining permit. But Arizona, the Navajo and Hopi tribes stand to lose millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs unless agreements can be reached to keep the Navajo Generating Station & Peabody Coal open.
A coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation may be forced to increase water rates to afford required federal pollution controls.
The new mandates could cost billions. EPA says every $1 spent to reduce pollution, generates $13 in health and economic benefits.
The U.S .Environmental Protection Agency plans to announce strict air pollution standards this Friday.