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  • 1. FRAMEWORK FOR A SOLUTIONNavajo Generating Station
    Addressing Short, Middle, and Long Term Objectives
    February 4, 2011
  • 2. Interior Department Agencies Affected by NGS Operations and Issues
    Bureau of Indian Affairs
    Bureau of Land Management
    Bureau of Reclamation
    Fish and Wildlife Service
    Indian Water Rights Office
    National Park Service
    Office of Surface Mining
    • Tribal trust responsibility
    • 3. Central Arizona Project
    • 4. Partial NGS Ownership
    • 5. Affordable water to Indian water rights settlements
    • 6. Water leases
    • 7. Coal leases
    • 8. Transmission rights of way
    • 9. Protection of visibility and air resources in national parks
    • 10. Threatened and endangered species
  • Interior’s Position
    The BART process is EPA’s responsibility under the CAA and is one piece in a long-term planning process to improve visibility.
    Due to its legal constraints we expect EPA to issue a BART determination this year.
    Interior believes that the stakeholders should identify a long-term solution that can meet long-term visibility goals, develop clean energy alternatives and protect the various economic and water interests.
    EPA can consider this long-term strategy in its regulatory responsibilities and give it a context in which to consider BART alternatives.
  • 11. THE 3 PARTS TO THE SOLUTION
    Short Term (preceding EPA BART decision) – develop a consensus alternative to present to EPA for BART (Bill Auberle)
    Addresses air quality problems
    Recognizes Comprehensive Planning Study
    Mid Term Solution (post EPA BART decision)
    Implement BART to address air quality problems
    Conduct Comprehensive Planning Study (2011 – 2014)
    Long Term Solution (2014-?) – Implement Long Term Clean Energy Solution Identified in Comprehensive Planning Study
  • 12. COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING STUDY OBJECTIVES
    • Protect air resources at Class I Lands and the Reservations
    • 13. Provide affordable water to Arizona and Tribes
    • 14. Protect Tribal benefits received under Settlements
    • 15. Protect and Preserve Economic Values for the Hopi & Navajo Tribes
    • 16. Transition to renewable energy and/or clean Coal with carbon capture sequestration
  • ADVANTAGES/OUTCOMES OF COMPREHENSIVE STUDY
    Stakeholder participation – Collaborative decision
    Facilitates logical decision-making framework
    Considers viable alternatives for future of NGS – including renewable energy
    Collectively addresses all NGS issues
    Takes advantage of synergies not available in traditional BART process
    Improves air quality, visibility, and health
    Protects Tribal economic values and benefits
    Protects CAP users and AWSA beneficiaries
    Addresses Federal trust responsibilities
    Reduces potential closure of NGS without glide path
    Potentially EPA makes BART ruling addressing short, middle, and long-term objectives

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