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What you need to know about coal and the Navajo Generating Station
Navajo Generating Station is located near Page, AZ, on the Navajo Reservation. It is one of the largest and dirtiest coal plants west of the Mississippi and a top emitter of CO2 pollution nationally. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the nation’s largest municipal utility, owns 21% of the power generated by the plant.
While Angelnos use the power generated at Navajo Station, local indigenous communities bear the true cost of the plant’s toxic pollution. Every year, pollution from Navajo Station causes 16 deaths and 300 asthma attacks. Massive western coal plants like Navajo also threaten the air quality at our National Parks and Wilderness Areas - the Grand Canyon is only 15 miles from the plant.
To comply with new health and environmental standards, Navajo will need to install expensive pollution control equipment, all while the price of coal continues to rise and water becomes an ever-more precious resource in the Southwest. This plant is bad news for public health, bad news for our national parks, and a bad deal for energy customers in California. The Los Angeles Dept of Water and Power must stop purchasing coal power and take a leadership role in transitioning Navajo Generating Station to clean, renewable energy.