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EPA Board: Desert Rock Needs More Study

Navajo Times, News Report, Marley Shebala Posted: Oct 01, 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency is reconsidering an air quality permit for the proposed Desert Rock power plant in New Mexico, the Navajo Times reports, saying the agency needs to further assess the impact it would have on the environment. Of concern are impacts on endangered species and tcompliance with the Clean Air Act. The EPA will also re-analyze the use of gasification technology by Desert Rock, which would reduce carbon dioxide, mercury, ozone precursors and other pollutants.

The EPA last year granted an air permit for the plant, which would burn coal from the Navajo Mine and would generate 1,500 megawatts of electricity. It would be the third largest coal-fired power plant within a 50-mile radius of Farmington and Shiprock, and is opposed by national and local environmental groups, according to the Navajo times.

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