PHOENIX — The Latest on a rally in support of a coal mine and power plant near the Arizona-Utah border (all times local):
Hopis and Navajos who work at a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border say they’ll suffer greatly if the power plant fed by the mine closes.
The Navajo Generating Station in Page will close next year unless a new owner is found. It’s a long-shot, but Peabody Energy is trying to identify a successor.
More than 200 people in blue T-shirts rallied outside the Arizona Capitol on Tuesday in support of a longer life for the plant.
Myron Richardson says was fortunate to get a job at the mine after being away from the Navajo Nation for construction jobs. He says he’d likely move if the plant closes, and his children wouldn’t get regular cultural lessons from their grandfather.
The operator of the power plant has offered its employees jobs elsewhere in Arizona.
A coalition of groups is marching to the state Capitol on Tuesday to support extending the life of a coal-fired power plant near the Arizona-Utah border.
The Navajo Generating Station in Page is set to close at the end of 2019 unless a new owner can be found. It’s considered a long-shot, but the company that owns the supply mine is trying.
The power plant is a major revenue source for the Navajo and Hopi tribes. The electricity generated there also powers a series of canals that deliver water to metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson.
The Salt River Project operates the plant and announced last year it would close it because power from natural gas is cheaper.
The groups say that would devastate Navajo and Hopi families in areas of high unemployment.