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New Mexicans "Air" Their Concerns with Coal at Desert Rock Hearing

July 20, 2007

A proposed coal power plant got a chilly reception in an environmental impact hearing Thursday in Albuquerque. At the hearing, citizens, conservationists and public health experts said coal is an outdated and polluting technology, and the state should focus on more modern, cleaner alternatives. Trisha London with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance says the proposed Desert Rock coal plant near Shiprock would add to climate change and damage cultural sites like nearby Chaco Canyon. She calls Chaco's ruins a national gem that has survived for centuries.

"But they can't withstand another coal-fired power plant. Park Service studies have shown there will be a 55 percent reduction of the visibility at Chaco Canyon as a result of the haze."

Developers argue the plant will be one of the cleanest coal plants in the country, bringing much-needed jobs to the impoverished Navajo Nation. Some Navajo groups feel it isn't worth the cost to health and increased global warming. The Navajo Council has given the green light to Desert Rock, but London says one Navajo chapter recently voted down a plan to build a transmission line for the plant.

Doctor John Fogarty with Physicians for Social Responsibility will speak at a hearing Friday in Santa Fe. He believes coal plant emissions have been clearly linked to many health problems.

"Heart attacks, strokes, birth defects, respiratory disease such as asthma. So, adding additional emissions in Northwest New Mexico is really unacceptable from a public health standpoint."

He adds that coal plants are also a major source of mercury, which is associated with birth defects and learning disabilities. He notes that over twenty water bodies in New Mexico already have high levels of mercury.

Eric Mack, Public News Service - NM