New Mexico (And Some Navajo) Object To 1,500-megawatt Coal-Fired Power Plant

desert rock resistance protest photo

Governor Richardson has stated that New Mexico will appeal USEPAs issuance, this week, of an air permit needed to begin construction of a massive coal-fired plant.

New Mexico officials said Thursday they will appeal an air-quality permit the U.S. federal government granted...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a permit Thursday for a 1,500-megawatt coal-fired power plant called Desert Rock being developed on Navajo Nation land by the nation's Dine Power Authority and by energy company Sithe Global Power LLC. The developers estimate the plant will cost $3 billion.
Via::Dow Jones News Wires, New Mexico Gov Richardson Objects To EPA Permit For Coal Plant.

The air permit does not limit mercury or C02 emissions. There are questions about USEPA's administrative procedures, used in issuing the permit. And, there has long been division and protest (as pictured) among the Navajo over the proposed plant. For details, see the Desert Rock Blog.

Via::Z Magazine, A (Desert) Rock By Any Other Name. Image credit::ZMag, Resistance Camp against proposed coal plant—photo from Elouise Brown

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