Bureau reopens scoping period on Navajo plant EIS

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said in a notice to be published in the July 25 Federal Register that it is reopening the public scoping comment period for the Navajo Generating Station-Kayenta Mine Complex Project environmental impact statement.

That period will now run to Aug. 31. The bureau also said that one additional scoping meeting will be held in Hotevilla, Arizona, on Aug. 14.

The Bureau of Reclamation had published a notice of intent in the May 16 Federal Register about this scoping, with a public comment period that was to have ended on July 7. It didn’t say in the notice why the extension is being granted.

The Bureau of Reclamation, as the lead federal agency, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement as key cooperating agencies, have initiated preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Navajo Generating Station-Kayenta Mine Complex (NGS-KMC) Project. The proposed action under review would provide federal approvals and/or decisions necessary to continue the operation and maintenance of NGS-KMC facilities through Dec. 22, 2044.

The NGS is a 2,250-MW, coal-fired plant located on Navajo Reservation trust land near Page, Arizona. The Salt River Project (SRP) is the operating agent of NGS and holds a 21.7% ownership interest on its own behalf. SRP also holds a 24.3% ownership interest in NGS for the use and benefit of the United States. NGS’s other owners are Arizona Public Service, the Los Angeles Department of Water and PowerNevada Power and Tucson Electric Power.

The coal that fuels NGS is supplied by the Kayenta Mine, operated by Peabody Western Coal and located on the Navajo Reservation and former Joint Use Area of the Navajo and Hopi Reservations.

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