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Press Release of Senator Flake

Senator Flake Disappointed By EPA Determination for the Navajo Generating Station

Proposed Rule Would Raise Water and Power Rates for Tribal and Non-Tribal Communities Throughout Arizona

Friday, January 18, 2013

Contact: Genevieve Rozansky

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) today expressed disappointment over the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) determination for the Navajo Generating Station (NGS).

The proposed rule would require the owners of NGS, which includes the federal government, to install costly emission control technology. However, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Obama Administration’s own agency, it is unclear installing that technology would “lead to any perceptible improvement in visibility at the Grand Canyon and other national parks and wilderness areas.”

“I do not believe that Arizonans should be forced to pay for visibility ‘improvements’ that the Administration’s own agency says are ‘uncertain,’” said Flake. “In addition, EPA’s proposal is sure to raise water and power rates for tribal and non-tribal communities throughout Arizona, undermining three decades worth of bipartisan water policy and numerous water-settlement agreements.”

The proposed rule triggers a 90-day comment period during which time additional proposals could be considered.

“I am committed to finding a commonsense solution to this complex issue that upholds federal trust obligations and supports our locally-driven water policy. I hope the incoming EPA Administrator will join us in that effort.”


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