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EPA receives support on plan to cut emissions at Navajo Generating Station

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) received support by a group who wants to identify alternatives to emission reductions at the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located in Arizona. The group consists of Central Arizona Water Conservation District, the Environmental Defense Fund, the Gila River Indian Community, the Navajo Nation, Salt River Project (SRP), the U.S. Department of the Interior and Western Resource Advocates.

In October, EPA published a supplemental proposal that incorporates a best available retrofit technology (BART) alternative that was submitted by the group three months earlier. EPA requested public input on the proposal, and held a series of public hearings. The EPA opened the proposal to public comment, setting the deadline for January 6.

The group’s supporting comments recommend a final BART rule be adopted for the power plant.

NGS is a 2,250 MW coal-fired power plant located just outside of Page on the Navajo Reservation. The plant is operated by SRP. The other participants in NGS include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service Co., Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) and NV Energy.