Issues of concern to people who live in the west: property rights, water rights, endangered species, livestock grazing, energy production, wilderness and western agriculture. Plus a few items on western history, western literature and the sport of rodeo... Frank DuBois served as the NM Secretary of Agriculture from 1988 to 2003. DuBois is a former legislative assistant to a U.S. Senator, a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Interior, and is the founder of the DuBois Rodeo Scholarship.
Friday, September 06, 2013
New Mexico regulators approve partial shut down of power plant
State environmental regulators on Thursday signed off on a proposal that calls for shutting down part of a coal-fired power plant that serves more than 2 million customers in the Southwest. The proposal was negotiated earlier this year by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state's largest electric utility, PNM, as a way to curb pollution at the San Juan Generating Station in northwestern New Mexico. Martinez said the decision by the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board to back the plan clears the way for "the best solution to balance the environmental and economic impacts of energy production in the Four Corners." The governor said the agreement will improve air quality, conserve water and avoid what she called "an extremely burdensome" rate hike for PNM customers. She added that it will also help New Mexico make the transition from coal to natural gas. The state, federal regulators, the utility and environmentalists have been fighting over the best way to reduce pollution at the plant for years. The EPA had initially ordered the utility to equip the plant with certain technology to cut pollutants that cause haze and visibility issues in national parks and wilderness areas in the region. The order sparked a round of appeals and lawsuits by the state and PNM. One of the chief concerns was that the cost of the federally mandated upgrades would result in higher electric bills for customers...more