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Four Corners Could Soon Be Breathing Easier

August 10, 2011

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Utility companies are facing decisions about what to do with old coal-fired power plants, such as the nearly 40-year-old San Juan Generating Station in the Four Corners area of New Mexico.

In the past week, the federal Environmental Protection Agency has ruled that the plant needs to reduce its emissions with modern pollution controls. The company claims the cost would be prohibitive, but Mike Eisenfeld, New Mexico Energy coordinator for the San Juan Citizens Alliance, says now is the time to decide whether to update the facility or replace it with a cleaner alternative.

"Public Service Company of New Mexico needs to start thinking about transitioning away from these coal plants if they deem the investment to be too much to retrofit the older technologies."

Reducing pollutants such as nitrogen oxide, Eisenfeld says, will improve air quality and cut public health costs across the Southwest.

"At what point does people's public health matter? And our opinion is that it matters greatly, and that, if we continue on this pathway of investing in coal plants, it just seems like we're on a road to disaster."

The San Juan Generating Station dumps nearly 16,000 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxide into the air each year, he says, making it the ninth worst polluter out of 40 coal plants in western states.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - NM