EPA Plan for Arizona Promises Cleaner Air in the Region

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   July 3, 2012
Contact:   Kevin Dahl, Arizona Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, kdahl@npca.org, 520-624-2014
Jeff Billington, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association, jbillington@npca.org, 202.419.3717


EPA Plan for Arizona Promises Cleaner Air in the Region

Clean air plan requires best pollution controls at three of the state’s dirtiest coal plants, benefiting air quality at 18 national parks and wilderness areas

Statement by: Kevin Dahl, Arizona Program Manager, National Parks Conservation Association

“If finalized, the EPA’s proposal for cleaning up air pollution from outdated Arizona coal-fired power plants will be a significant victory for air quality at incredible places like the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest and Mesa Verde national parks and the health of hundreds of thousands of people who live in and visit the region. NPCA applauds EPA’s issuance of effective requirements for cutting down the damaging pollution that is spewed into the air by the Cholla, Coronado and Apache coal-fired power plants. 

“Through this action, the Cholla Power Plant, the worse park-polluting power plant in the nation, will finally be required to clean up. For far too long Cholla has clouded the skies above 13 national parks and wilderness areas, including Grand Canyon National Park. The region’s national parks that suffer from this coal plant’s pollution annually support more than 18,000 local jobs in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah, and see more than 8 million recreation visits each year. Park visitors and staff contribute approximately $721 million to local economies on an annual basis. By cutting down on the haze-pollution above these unparalleled landscapes, tourists will continue to visit and lengthen their stays, thus powering the economy.

“We commend the EPA for taking measures to fulfill its obligation to protect our national parks and the people of Arizona and the Four Corners region.  If this action is finalized, the Grand Canyon and 18 other beloved national treasures in the region will have healthier air for our children and grandchildren.”

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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