Power plant supplied by tribal coal to close for good

A power plant supplied by coal from the Navajo and Hopi reservations will be shut down for good.

Southern California Edison owns the Mohave Generating Station in Nevada. It is the sole purchaser of coal taken from the reservations 273 miles away in northeastern Arizona.

SCE was in talks with the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation and Peabody Coal, the world's largest coal company, over the future of the power plant. Many issues were at stake but the decision to close Mohave was financial, the company said.

The power plant would have to install $1.1 billion worth of pollution fighting equipment to stay open.

The two tribes depend on revenue extracted by Peabody at the coal mines. Hundreds of jobs will be lost as a result of the closure.

Get the Story:
Mohave Facility Won't Be Reopened (The Los Angeles Times 6/20)
Edison won't attempt restart of power plant (The Whittier Daily News 6/20)
Owner rules out restarting, fixing Mohave power plant (The Arizona Republic 6/20)

Relevant Links:
Hopi Tribe - http://www.hopi.nsn.us
Navajo Nation - http://www.navajo.org
Peabody Energy - http://www.peabodyenergy.com
Southern California Edison - http://www.sce.com

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