The lawsuit sites the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency which maintains that Four Corners produced 38,000 tons of nitrogen oxide pollution, 11,000 tons of sulfur dioxide pollution and 14 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2010.The lawsuit contends that in addition to health problems, the pollution creates issues at national parks in the four states. It also states that upgrades to what will be the plantâ¿¿s two remaining operating units actually will increase pollution. The power plant provides an economic base on the Navajo Indian Reservation through land leases for the plant, employment and using coal produced at a nearby mine on the reservation. Copyright 2011 American City Business Journals http://www.bizjournals.com/phoenix/news/2011/10/05/four-corners-power-plant-aps-srp.html?ana=thestreet
By Phoenix Business Journal it was buying out Southern California Edisonâ¿¿s share in two of the units and closing the three oldest units, which had been considered a source of pollution in the Four Corners region, which comprises northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah. SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said the utility stands behind APSâ¿¿ statements that the plant is not violating the federal Clean Air Act. The utility has not seen the lawsuit, but two notices of claim have been filed against the plant by the same groups. A notice of claim must be filed before a lawsuit can proceed. The lawsuit was filed within the U.S. District Court of New Mexico and alleges pollution from the plant has contributed to myriad health problems in the Four Corners region. Among the plantiffs are Toâ¿¿ Nizhoni Ani and Dine Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association.