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WASHINGTON Last Friday the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency released a joint statement that lays out the agencies' shared goals for Navajo Generating Station and energy production in the region served by the station.
Navajo Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant
located on the Navajo Indian reservation
In the statement, the three agencies agree they will work together to support Arizona and tribal stakeholders in finding ways to produce "clean, affordable and reliable power, affordable and sustainable water supplies, and sustainable economic development, while minimizing negative impacts on those who currently obtain significant benefits from Navajo Generating Station , including tribal nations."
In addition to identifying shared goals, the statement announces specific activities the agencies intend to take jointly to help achieve those goals. These actions include:
Navajo Generating Station is a coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Indian reservation approximately 15 miles from the Grand Canyon and owned partially by the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation). Power from the facility is distributed to customers in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Reclamation's share of the power is used to move water to tribal, agricultural, and municipal water users in central Arizona.
The Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency oversee other federal responsibilities or interests that relate to Navajo Generating Station. These include tribal trust responsibilities, protection of national parks and wilderness areas, visibility and public health protection, and clean energy development.
A copy of the Joint Statement is available Here
posted January 7, 2013 8:30 am est