The 2,400-MW Navajo Generating Station (NGS) in northeastern Arizona — the largest coal plant west of the Mississippi River — is shutting down this week. The affiliated Kayenta coal mine will also shut down. Salt River Project (SRP), NGS’s Tempe-headquartered operator, says the coal plant’s shutdown date will be determined by the remaining coal supply. According to Cronkite News : Of the 433 workers who were at the plant before the closure was announced, SRP said about 280 accepted offers to relocate to jobs in different facilities, while others either refused or opted to retire. There will be 50 employees left, most of whom are working on contract. The Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe are mainly affected by the closure. Navajo community groups have called for a transition to green energy and more stringent water protections. Democratic Representative Tom O’Halleran of Sedona, whose district includes the Navajo Generating Station and the mine, introduced a bill in September to provide economic development and job training to people who lost their jobs as a result of the closures. Carol Davis, a director with Navajo environmental group Diné C.A.R.E. , said: The closing of NGS represents an opportunity to right the longstanding […]

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