The Navajo Generating Station (NGS) is fueling controversy among the Diné over spending $1.1 billion to reduce emissions—a regulation that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering imposing, reported the Navajo Times. In the event the power plant must fork over the money to install polution controls, the Salt River Project (SRP), one of six stakeholders in the plant, fears the plant may not be able to afford to continue operating, the newspaper states.
LeChee Chapter, where the plant is located, recently passed a resolution requesting the EPA ease its oversight, since the plant is voluntarily installing a $45 million system to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 40 percent. But heavy pollution is reportedly responsible for high levels of asthma and respiratory infections among area residents. That said, NGS has never exceeded EPA-established air quality limits, and compliance is documented daily.