Gosar, Andy Biggs express concern on EPA regulations plan for Navajo Generating Station

| January 19 2013

 Representative Gosar Statement on EPA Emissions Plan for Navajo Generating Station

WASHINGTON, D.C. -  Today, Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (R-AZ) issued the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS).

“I am disappointed that President Obama’s EPA has put forth one of the most stringent emission mandates in the country just a week after promising a strategy that would balance the economic needs of Arizona and our environmental concerns. These regulations are sure to increase water and electricity bills in our state while making, despite what the EPA says their science justifies, little to no visibility improvements at the Grand Canyon.”

“There are still many unanswered questions about the specifics of today’s proposal. As we move forward with the extensive review and public comment process, I encourage all Arizonans to come out to the many forthcoming public hearings and express their personal concerns about the EPA’s plan.”

“The NGS and the Central Arizona Project have played an instrumental role in making Arizona the state it is today. Rest assured, I will continue to work closely with the Arizona and tribal stakeholders on a path forward that preserves the beauty of the Grand Canyon without damaging our local economy, threatening our long-term sustainable water supply, or violating federal trust responsibilities to Arizona tribes.”

 

Senate President expresses concern with the impact of EPA regulations on Arizona’s economy

(Phoenix, State Capitol)—- Senate President Andy Biggs today expressed serious concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of new regulations requiring the owners of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) to install up to $1.1 billion in new pollution-control equipment, ostensibly to reduce regional haze.

“I am deeply concerned by the EPA’s announcement,” Biggs declared. “While I appreciate the agency’s willingness to grant the owners of NGS additional time, the reality is that the agency’s new regulations, if implemented, will lead to higher water and electricity costs for millions of Arizona residents. The EPA’s plan also jeopardizes the long-term viability of NGS, threatening the employment of hundreds of Navajo and Hopi residents.”

The EPA’s new regulations establish some of the most stringent limits on nitrogen oxide emissions in the country—limits that will likely require the installation of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology at significant cost to the utilities and their customers.

The regulations also create significant legal and financial uncertainties for the utilities that own NGS, including Salt River Project and Central Arizona Project, which depend on the plant to provide electricity and water to millions of Arizona residents.

“What’s most disappointing about the EPA’s plan is its failure to acknowledge that SCR technology makes no perceptible improvement in visibility compared to technology that the plant owners have already agreed to implement.

“I strongly encourage the EPA to reconsider its decision and work with Arizona’s congressional delegation, the utilities, and Arizona’s Native American tribes on a solution that addresses regional haze without sacrificing the state’s economy.”

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