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Public Meeting Held About Regional Haze Alternatives

PHOTO: The livelihood and the health of the Navajo people and other indigenous people in the Four Corners area have been impacted for generations by the pollution from mines and power plants.
PHOTO: The livelihood and the health of the Navajo people and other indigenous people in the Four Corners area have been impacted for generations by the pollution from mines and power plants.
July 25, 2012

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Representatives of the New Mexico Environment Department, federal Environmental Protection Agency and Navajo Nation joined with environmental, public-health and development organizations Tuesday at a public meeting in the Four Corners area to discuss alternatives to pollution-control plans previously adopted by the state and EPA.

One attendee was Mariel Nanasi, executive director of New Energy Economy.

"The meeting that was held in Farmington yesterday was about the retirement plan for PNM's San Juan coal plant and about the transition to clean energy."

What her group wants, Nanasi says, is a plan that will cut more pollution than the retrofit technology required by the EPA, at a lower cost, with a savings of water and creation of clean-energy jobs.

Donna House, a member of the Diné Navajo Nation, says the livelihood and health of the Navajos and other indigenous people in the Four Corners area have been impacted for generations by the pollution from mines and power plants. She cites a high rate of asthma and respiratory disease among Navajos in the region.

"That's our homeland. That's the area that we plant our traditional farms. We have our sacred sites. We collect our cultural species for ceremonies, and that's where we drink our water."

House is also on the staff of Diné CARE (Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment). She explains what her group is seeking.

"Our coalition supports the creation of an economic-development zone aimed at bringing full reclamation and clean-energy jobs to the region."

At this time, 60 percent of New Mexicans' electricity needs are met by the burning of coal.

Renee Blake/Beth Blakeman, Public News Service - NM