EPA Pulls Plug on New Mexico Coal Power Plant
Is the Environmental Protection Agency showing some teeth under the new direction of Administrator Lisa Jackson and the Obama administration?
In a dramatic move yesterday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew the air quality permit it issued last summer for the Desert Rock coal-fired power plant, which is slated to be built on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners region just southwest of Farmington, N.M. [...]
The EPA found that the permit was issued prematurely, before complete analysis could be conducted of hazardous air emissions like mercury, or the impact of the facility on endangered species, or the impact on soil, vegetation, and visibility in the region. The permit also didn’t adequately examine particulate matter.
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