Navajo Nation debates power plant in New Mexico
Depending on who you ask, the Navajo Nation's proposed power plant in northwest New Mexico is a boom for tribal sovereignty or a bane for tribal members.

The tribe says the $2.5 billion coal-fired plant will bring in revenues and create jobs. The tribe will own up to 49 percent of the facility with Sithe Global Power of Houston.

But tribal members who live in the Shiprock area say the plant will harm the environment and sacred sites. They have been lobbying the tribe and the state against the proposal.

Gov. Bill Richardson (D) says he remains neutral on the matter. But he has said he is concerned with the emission of gases associated with global warming.

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a draft permit for the project. Officials say it's one of the most stringent in the nation.

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Beyond sovereignty (The Santa Fe New Mexican 2/19)
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New Mexico concerned about Desert Rock (The Farmington Daily Times 2/18)

Relevant Links:
Desert Rock Clean Air Act Proposed PSD Permit - http://www.epa.gov/region09/air/permit
Desert Rock Energy Project - http://www.desertrockenergy.com
Dine Citizens Against Ruining our Environment - http://dinecare.indigenousnative.org

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