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EPA sets high standards for Navajo power plant

The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft clean air permit for a proposed power plant on the Navajo Nation.

According to the Associated Press, the permit sets stringent requirements for the Desert Rock Energy Project in northwest New Mexico. The coal-fired power plant will meet emission standards that are among the "tightest" in the nation, an EPA official said.

The Navajo Nation hopes the project will generate about $50 million a year in taxes and royalties. The 1,500 megawatt could supply energy to up to 1.5 million homes across the Southwest.

Some Navajos in the Shiprock, New Mexico, area oppose the development. They say it will harm the environment.

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EPA to set tough standards for power plant (AP 7/21)

Relevant Links:
Desert Rock Energy Project -
Din Citizens Against Ruining our Environment -

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