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Jul 6, 2017

Big Navajo Generating Station May Be Nearing End of Run

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After years of discussing its future, Navajo Nation leaders have announced a timetable that will most likely lead to the end of operations at the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona.

The Environmental Protection Agency has long pushed for closing down the facility, which was built in the early 1970s and can be seen for miles around due to its imposing three 775-foot tall smokestacks.

Now Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye has said that although the plant will remain open, according to a lease signed by the Nation, until December 22, 2019, it could well be demolished after that.

Earlier proposals have suggested that the facility, with more than $100 million per year in maintenance costs, could be redesigned. But Navajo leaders have said that that option will likely prove too cost prohibitive.

Instead, Begaye has said that plans are now in the formative stage to build an entirely new facility that will produce natural gas.

A timetable for when exactly the generating station will be torn down and a new plant put up could be announced later this year. 

 

By Garry Boulard

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