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Today the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency released a joint statement that lays out the agencies’ shared goals for Navajo Generating Station (NGS) and energy production in the region served by NGS.
Central Arizona Project (CAP) has been working closely with our state and federal elected officials, the Bureau of Reclamation, Salt River Project, and our customers and stakeholders, including Native American Tribes, to bring the EPA's attention the potential impacts to CAP and to the state of a new emissions rule the EPA is considering at NGS.
"We are pleased that the agencies recognize the critical impact this rule will have on CAP, our customers and our Native American partners," stated CAP General Manager David Modeer upon receiving a copy of the Federal Agency's Joint Statement. "We look forward to working with them to determine a way forward that allows CAP to continue to provide reliable and affordable water supplies to central and southern Arizona."
In the joint statement, the three agencies agree they will work together to support Arizona and tribal stakeholders in finding ways to produce “clean, affordable and reliable power, affordable and sustainable water supplies, and sustainable economic development, while minimizing negative impacts on those who currently obtain significant benefits from NGS, including tribal nations.”
In addition to identifying shared goals, the statement announces specific activities the agencies intend to take jointly to help achieve those goals. These actions include: 1) creating a long-term DOI-EPA-DOE NGS working group to collect sound, scientifically based information on issues relating to NGS; 2) working with stakeholders to develop an NGS roadmap; 3) committing to complete the second phase of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s report on clean, affordable, and sustainable energy options for NGS; and 4) supporting near-term investments that align with long-term clean energy goals.