City, county split on plan for NM power plant

September 5, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — San Juan County commissioners and the Farmington City Council are taking opposite positions on a plan to shut down two for the four units of the [auth] coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington.

The Daily Times ( ) reports that the county commission on Tuesday approved a resolution supporting the plan while the Farmington council the same day passed a resolution opposing the plan.

The plan negotiated by environmental regulators and PNM would reduce how much the plant’s operators would have to pay to install costly anti-pollution equipment.

County Commissioner Jack Fortner says he feared that opposition to the plan could lead to a total closure of the plant.

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