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NGS, Kayenta Mine To Close After Last Attempt To Keep Them Open Fails

The Navajo Generating Station, located in northeastern Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation, serves electric customers throughout Arizona, Nevada and California. Participants in the coal-fired plant include the Bureau of Reclamation, Salt River Project (SRP), Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Arizona Public Service Co., Nevada Power, and Tucson Electric Power. The Colorado River Basin Project Act allowed the federal government to participate in the non-federal Navajo Generating Station - NGS, near Page, Arizona, to provide power for pumping water along the Central Arizona Project - CAP aqueduct. Construction of the Navajo Generating Station began in April 1970 and was completed and placed in operation on April 30, 1976.

A last ditch effort to save Navajo Generating Station in Page and the Kayenta Mine has come to an end. A bid by Navajo owned Navajo Transitional Energy Company ended Friday, which means both NGS and the mine will cease operations later this year. The bid was considered a long-shot since tribal leaders asked the company last year to consider buying both. The company’s negotiations with plant owners recently stopped after they couldn’t reach an agreement on who would be responsible for cleanup. The Navajo Nation also agreed to end pursuit of saving the plant and mine Thursday night as a committee of the tribe voted 11-9 to back away from talks. Around 700 people work at NGS and the mine. Both operations are expected to close in December.

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