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Fri April 12, 2013
Navajo Nation Takes Up Lease Renewal For Coal Power Plant
Navajo lawmakers are expected to reconsider a lease extension soon for the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station.
The bill that had been ruled out of order earlier this year was brought back before the Tribal Council's committee of the whole Thursday. The committee narrowly rejected it, but the rules allow it to move forward to next week's spring session agenda.
Coal miners and power plant workers descended on Window Rock to show their support for keeping the power plant in Page running.
Critics maintain the tribe isn't getting a good deal.
The proposed agreement is for a 25-year lease for the power plant that will expire in 2044. The agreement would increase annual payments to the Navajo Nation from $3 million to more than $40 million a year.