Navajo Nation OKs coal plant extension

Posted: May 6, 2013

Written by

FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press
Navajo power

The Navajo Nation’s approval of a lease extension for a coal-fired power plant on the reservation came after hours of contentious debate and a slew of amendments.

The legislation signed by tribal President Ben Shelly on Tuesday extends the lease from 2019 to 2044 and boosts yearly payments to the tribe from $3 million to $43 million. It also provides the tribe a shot at partial ownership of the power plant near Page.

Lawmakers on Monday tacked on more than a dozen amendments to the lease and accompanying legislation. Included is the reinstatement of a $1 million signing bonus and preference in employment so long as it’s permitted by federal law.

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