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Page EPA Hearing Navajo Generating Station

November 14
00:13 2013

hearings_smalThe EPA was in Page on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at the CAB holding a public hearing and accepting comment on how to best proceed with controlling emissions from the Navajo Generating Station coal burning plant. The Environmental Protection Agency is requiring a substantial reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) to reduce the EPA claimed impact on visibility in our National Parks and wilderness areas.

While many at the gathering expressed concerns over health and environmental issues, more voiced concerns over future job losses and economic impact to both the Navajo Nation and local economy in Page. The major stakeholders of NGS made comments last night as did a representative for Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, and also Page Mayor, Bill Diak, among many others.

Mayor Diak related a story of visiting the Grand Canyon in the 1950’s, before the existence of NGS, and told how the haze was already in place – so much so, that haze-improving filters to aid with photography were given out to the visitors of the time. Diak also expressed his support for the Technical Work Group (TWG) Alternative to BART proposal of the options currently on the table.

More meetings are being held this week around the State. The public comment period closes on January 6, 2014. For more information on the current proposals being considered and on how to comment, visit the EPA website, http://www.epa.gov/region9/air/navajo/index.html#proposed

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