Last updated 9:43PM ET
December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Colorado, New Mexico Weigh In Against Desert Rock
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Official opposition is growing, to a consent decree that would force the EPA to issue an air permit for the Desert Rock Power Plant.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Under the court agreement, the EPA has until July 31st to issue the Air Permit for the proposed 3-billion dollar, 15-hundred megawatt plant.
The agreement would settle a lawsuit filed by the plants developers against the EPA charging the federal agency failed to issue the permit within legally prescribed time limits.
New Mexico officials have formally protested the July 31st deadline.
And late last week, Colorado Department of Public Health Director James Martin weighed in officially in opposition to the deadline.
In a letter to EPA administrator Stephen Johnson, Martin says there are key unresolved air pollution issues involving Desert Rock, relating to mercury control and emission, greenhouse gases, ozone and haze the plant could create over the Four Corners.
Proponents of the plant have charged the opposition by New Mexico and Colorado amounts to continued stalling tactics which hurt the Navajo Nation.
The plant, to be built on the Navajo Reservation southwest of Farmington, New Mexico, would use Navajo coal, employ hundreds of Navajo tribal members and result in an estimated 50-million dollars per year in tax income for the tribe.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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