EPA plan for Arizona coal plants under fire

Arizona Republicans are blasting a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plan to impose costly pollution controls on coal-fired power plants, with some legislators comparing it to the sort of tyrannical micromanaging that caused the Founding Fathers to revolt against England.

The EPA has ruled that three Arizona plants must upgrade with nitrogen-oxide-clearing equipment that could cost hundreds of millions of dollars. This winter, the agency proposed the same for a fourth plant — the West’s largest coal burner, near Page — at a cost of at least $500million. About a quarter of the Navajo Generating Station’s power is used to pump Central Arizona Project water from the Colorado River to Phoenix and Tucson, holding down water rates.

The controls are meant to clear haze in federal parks and wilderness areas, including the Grand Canyon. State leaders say the benefit would be negligible and not worth the costs borne by one state alone. They insist the EPA overstepped its authority in rejecting a cheaper plan proposed by the state.

“It’s going to cost a billion dollars more than the state plan, which means some power plants may go out of business, leaving some parts of the state without electricity,” Attorney General Tom Horne said.

Cochise County lacks the physical connections to buy power from elsewhere on the grid, he said.

Read more at AZCentral.com. By Brandon Loomis, The Republic.


  1. We live in Cochise County and see this as more EPA efforts to make themselves relevant so they can keep their cushy jobs. The person in the WH said (I believe it was 2008) energy costs will "necessarily skyrocket" when he causes coal-fired power plants to close and coal production ceases. If we can survive this dictatorial "presidency", it will be a miracle. Fortunately for our side, more and more people are waking up and realizing we are being led down the road to anarchy……more and more people……….we are looking forward to 2014 and putting the brakes on this "administration" for the last two years……..

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