Group submits comments on Navajo Generating Station

Group submits comments on Navajo Generating Station

EPA’s proposed rule significantly reduces emissions from an important Arizona power plant while providing greater certainty for the state’s water and power customers

A technical work group (TWG) established to identify emission reduction alternatives for the Navajo Generating Station, located near Page, Ariz., has submitted comments supporting the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) supplemental best available retrofit technology (BART) proposal for the Arizona power plant. 

In October, EPA published a supplemental proposal that incorporates in a large part a BART alternative that was submitted by the TWG three months earlier.

EPA requested public input on the supplemental proposal, plus its original proposal, held a series of public hearings, and established Jan. 6 as the deadline for public comment.

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The TWG is comprised of diverse interests including the 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.

The TWG appreciates that EPA recognized the significance of the TWG agreement and the collaborative efforts undertaken by the stakeholders to reach an approach that carefully balances a variety of environmental and economic considerations. 

The TWG supports the EPA’s proposed adoption of the TWG BART alternative, and recommends EPA adopt a final BART rule for NGS based on its October 2013 supplemental proposal, with the minor modifications described in their comments.

The group will continue to work together on these important issues.                         

NGS is a 2,250 megawatt coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Reservation. The plant is operated by SRP. 

Other participants in NGS include the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Arizona Public Service Company, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Tucson Electric Power Company, and Nevada Energy. 

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