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The Navajo coal fired power plant is truely a huge power plant at 2250 megawatts. My father was part of the Bechtel team that designed and constructed this power plant out of Bechtel's Los Angeles office back in the 1960s and 1970s. I think if he were alive today, he would be glad to see that this plant is going to install air polution control equipment. Here is the story:

In a bid to clean up one of the nation’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants without causing economic harm to the Navajo Nation that surrounds it, the Environmental Protection Agency indicated on Friday that it would give the plant’s owners five extra years, until 2023, to install expensive state-of-the art emissions reduction equipment.

The technology the agency is requiring, known as selective catalytic reduction, transforms some of the smokestack gases into a harmless blend of pure nitrogen and water vapor. Installing these control systems on the three units of the Navajo generating station could cost $550 million to $1.1 billion, according to an estimate published by the Central Arizona project, which distributes the Colorado River water.

http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/18/e-p-a-extends-dead...

The article provides more detail about the reasons for the extra five years because of economic impacts on the Navajo Nation.

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