Washington, D.C.--Today, Representative Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed regulations on the Navajo Generating Station.
"While I am glad to see there has been movement towards a compromise, I remain deeply concerned these regulations could affect the cost of energy and water throughout Arizona, and, at the same time, put hundreds of Native American jobs at risk in a community that is dependent on this critical source of employment. My message to the EPA is this: more needs to be done to safeguard the livelihood and economic security of Arizonans. Let us work together to make economically smart decisions rather than adhere to a radical environmentalist agenda that continues to wage a war on coal and energy development.
"I look forward to working with my colleague in the Arizona delegation to address these real concerns and ensure the continued economically viable operation of this regionally vital power plant."
The Navajo Generating Station is a 2,250 megawatt coal-fired power plant that serves electric customers in Arizona, Nevada and California. Power from this station supplies more than 90% of the Central Arizona Project's aqueduct system, which is the largest single source of renewable water supplies in the State of Arizona. That system delivers more than 500 billion gallons of water to more than 80 percent of Arizona's population. Costs are estimated to be over $500 million in order to bring the power plant up to the EPA's proposed regulations.