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Last updated 5:34PM ET
September 25, 2018
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Desert Rock Environmental Hearings Set
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Public hearings on a draft Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed coal fired power plant in Northwest New Mexico have now been scheduled.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Sithe Global and the Navajo Nation want to build the 1.5-megawatt, 3-billion dollar Desert Rock Power Plant on Tribal lands, Southwest of Farmington.
The plant would provide electricity to growing Southwest Cities, jobs to about 400 Navajo's and 50-million dollars per year in payments to the tribe.
A Draft Environmental Impact statement released last month found no reasons to forbid the project.
But environmental, native american and other groups have disagreed saying the plant would exascerbate pollution in the Four Corners, which already hosts two other coal fired power plants.
The public has until August 20th to formally comment on the EIS.
Ten Public Hearings have been scheduled two weeks in July, beginning with one July 17th in Farmington.
The next day two hearings will be held in Southwest Colorado, the first from 10-1 at the Ute Mountain Ute Casino in Towaoc and the second from 5-8pm at Durango's Ironhorse Inn.
Hearings are also scheduled in five Navajo Chapters as well as in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
A final EIS could be issued by years end.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.

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