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Last updated 1:08PM ET
July 21, 2018
KSUT Regional
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Navajo President Behind Desert Rock
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: The president of the Navajo Nation says he has no intention of abandoning plans for a new coal fired power plant in Northwest New Mexico.
Joe Shirley was also critical of some opponents of Desert Rock, during a speech he delivered today (Monday.)
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: In his State of the Navajo Nation Speech to the tribal council, President Joe Shirley declared Desert Rock remains the most important economic, environmental and energy challenge that the Navajo Nation has ever undertaken.
The tribe is partnering with Sithe Global to build the 15-hundred megawatt plant Southwest of Farmington, New Mexico on tribal land.
The three billion dollar facility would use coal from the Navajo mine employing hundreds in the mine as well as in the plant.
Desert Rock has faced stiff opposition though.
Shirley was critical of recent opposition voiced by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson and the state to the issuance of an air quality permit for Desert Rock.
Shirley says that opposition has come without any consultation with the tribe, and he remains convinced Desert Rock will be the cleanest coal fired plant in the nation.
The EPA in response to a lawsuit filed by the plants proponent, is expected to issue a decision on the Desert Rock permit by month's end.
From KSUT, I'm Victor Locke.
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