Navajo Nation Leaders Visit White House to Save Navajo Generating Station, Kayenta Mine

The Navajo Generating Station near Page burns locally mined coal, creating jobs but also pollution that has long upset environmentalists. The plant’s owners will shut it down in 2019 after its main customer, the Central Arizona Project, said it can buy cheaper gas-generated electricity elsewhere. (Photo by Bill Morrow/Creative Commons)

On Wednesday, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Navajo Nation Council Speaker LoRenzo Bates met with top White House officials to advocate and reaffirm their support for the continued operations of the Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine.

Begaye and Bates recently directed the Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) to explore options for the potential purchase of NGS and the continued operation of Kayenta Mine beyond 2019. NTEC is a for-profit
entity wholly owned by the Navajo Nation. It owns the Navajo Mine and holds a seven-percent ownership interest in the Four Corners Power Plant in northwest New Mexico.

“We are confident that NTEC has the knowledge, expertise and resources to put forth a strategy to acquire NGS and continue operations at Kayenta Mine,” President Begaye said. “Our top priority has always been to secure as many
jobs as possible for our Navajo people and their families, and to provide stable revenue for our Nation for years to come.”

NTEC CEO Clark Moseley joined the Nation’s leaders as they met with officials from the White House Intergovernmental Affairs Office, the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the White House National Economic Council, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and Congressional leadership Wednesday and Thursday in the Nation’s capital.

“NTEC is currently working to evaluate all possible avenues to ensure the continued operations of Navajo Generating Station and Kayenta Mine past 2019,” Moseley said. “This is a very complex matter with numerous moving pieces and we are examining all potential strategies to meet the goals of the Navajo Nation. I’m very confident that we have a diligent path forward.

Moseley added that the Navajo-owned enterprise could potentially provide advantages that outside companies cannot, including tax incentives.

Speaker Bates said the ongoing discussions involving NTEC require the current NGS owners to negotiate in good faith and to work cooperatively throughout the process.

“The benefits of NGS and Kayenta Mine extend well beyond the Navajo Nation,” Speaker Bates said. “The Hopi Tribe, the counties and the entire state of Arizona benefit from these operations and we need support and cooperation
from every level of government to proceed on this path.”

1 Comment

  1. Save the Navajo’s from Raul Grijalva and his white guilt ‘environmentalist’ constituency.

    Liberals will starve the Navajo’s at the altar of Made In America by Whitey Global Warming!

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