EPA Final Plan for Four Corners Power Plant Promises Less Pollution for National Parks, Navajo People

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   August 8, 2012
Contact:   Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager National Parks Conservation Association 202-419-3717, jbillington@npca.org


EPA Final Plan for Four Corners Power Plant Promises Less Pollution for National Parks, Navajo People

Requirements allow for closure of the most egregious polluting units at Fruitland, NM facility and improved pollution controls on remaining units

STATEMENT BY Stephanie Kodish, NPCA Clear Air Counsel

“For decades, the air in the four corners region has been allowed to remain murky from the dangerous pollution pumped out of the antiquated Four Corners Power Plant. But thanks to this proactive move by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), visitors to beloved national parks like the Petrified Forest, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon and the hundreds of thousands of people who live in this area, including the people of the Navajo Nation, on whose land the plant sits, will be able to breathe clearer, healthier air.

“This plant has been a constant thorn in the side of the people who live and visit the breathtakingly beautiful four corners region. With clearer air the economy of this area will thrive more than ever before, with visitors more eager to enjoy the national treasures that dot the landscape, bringing in more money to local communities than ever before, and the people of the Navajo Nation and other local communities better protected against asthma, heart disease and other respiratory ailments.”
 
To see real stories from people who are concerned about air pollution in national parks visit: http://www.npca.org/protecting-our-parks/air-land-water/clean-air/clean-air-geostory.html

 
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