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Power Plants, Mines and Jobs

Local economies in northern Arizona and New Mexico could lose big-time if air quality rules under consideration by the EPA force the premature closure of two major power plants and associated mines. The Hopi and Navajo Tribes would be hit hard since the power plants and mines supply thousands of jobs for Native Americans. Closure of the Navajo Generating Station could also lead to a four-fold increase in the costs of delivering CAP water to communities in Arizona. The technology available for retrofitting the plants under the EPA’s proposed guidelines are very expensive and would result in imperceptible improvement in area-wide visibility.

The question for EPA is whether the potential destruction of the economic livelihoods of hundreds of families in exchange for marginal environmental improvement is the right and proper federal policy. This looming tradeoff mandates a thorough and thoughtful examination by regulators before they act.


Written on Monday, 02 November 2009 10:32 by Gary Yaquinto

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