Operators of the West’s largest coal-fired power plant, a major economic engine for Arizona, propose closing one of its three 750-megawatt generators by 2020 to satisfy federal regulators and clear haze over the Grand Canyon and other national parks.
Salt River Project and its partners in the Navajo Generating Station near Page — including the U.S. Interior Department and the Central Arizona Project — would also stop burning “conventional” coal by 2044, though new “clean coal” technology could allow continued use of the fuel beyond that date.
The plan, the result of months of private negotiations, is intended to counter an Environmental Protection Agency proposal to mandate the use of costly nitrogen oxide-reducing catalytic converters to cut emissions at the plant, which helps power much of the Southwest and pumps Colorado River water to metro Phoenix and Tucson.
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