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EPA finalized air plan for Four Corners Power Plant 5-2-07

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - A clean air plan that regulates emissions for the Four Corners Power Plant in northwestern New Mexico has been finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The plan announced Tuesday includes stricter limits on sulfur dioxide and it sets federal limits on nitrogen oxides, total particulate matter and opacity. The plant, which is on the Navajo Nation southwest of here, must also meet dust control requirements.

The EPA said the reductions at the coal-fired power plant resulted from a partnership between the tribe, the National Park Service, Arizona Public Service and environmental groups.

Deborah Jordan, the EPA's air division director for the Pacific Southwest region, said the clean air plan will led to significant environmental benefits.

“Since the Four Corners plant will be emitting over 20,000 tons less sulfur dioxide per year than in the recent past, this action ensures that citizens in the Four Corners area will have cleaner air to breathe and that visibility will be improved,” she said.

The Rio Grande chapter of the Sierra Club had sued the EPA last summer over emissions controls at the plant, but the group settled its claim after the agency agreed to finalize a pollution control plan.

The club claimed the plant exceeded standards for nitrogen oxide and other emissions and that the EPA failed to require the Navajo Nation to complete a final implementation plan to reduce emissions at the plant.

The agency said it initially proposed a federal plan for the plant in 1999 but held off on finalizing it because negotiations on sulfur dioxide reductions were ongoing. Negotiations were finally completed in 2005 and the EPA announced its proposed plan in September 2006.

The agency held public meetings and responded to all public comments before finalizing the plan.

Arizona Public Service Co. owns three units at the Four Corners plant, while the two others are owned in varying percentages by Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, Public Service Company of New Mexico, Salt River Project, Tucson Electric Power and El Paso Electric.

The EPA is also working on an air quality permit for the proposed Desert Rock Energy Project, another coal-fired plant that would be near the Four Corners plant. The agency said it's currently reviewing public comments on the Desert Rock permit.
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