Tribe, Sierra Club blast EPA’s proposal to clean up coal plant

A Southern Nevada Indian tribe and a national environmental group are blasting a proposal from federal regulators that could help extend the life of a coal-burning power plant near Moapa.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday issued a proposed rule that would require NV Energy to install new emission controls at its Reid Gardner Generating Station, but regulators stopped short of ordering an expensive retrofit that could force the aging plant to close.

If adopted, the rule would allow NV Energy to install new nitrogen oxide burners at Reid Gardner instead of a far more expensive emissions technology known as selective catalytic reduction.

Jane Feldman, conservation chair for the Sierra Club in Southern Nevada, called the EPA’s proposal a “second-rate solution” for “an old, dirty technology that belongs in the previous century.”

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