The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation picked AECOM to prepare a third-party environmental impact statement for the continued operation of the Navajo coal-fired power plant and Kayenta Mine Complex, operated by the Salt River Project and Peabody Western Coal Co., respectively.
The operation of the plant and mine require compliance with dozens of federal and tribal regulations, and jurisdictional approvals from approximately 10 cooperating government agencies. AECOM will work with Reclamation, the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, Bureau of Indian Affairs and other cooperating federal agencies. The company will analyze and document the critical technical and public issues, including potential impacts to human health, air and water quality, regional visibility, endangered species and other biological resources.
The lease for the power plant is set to expire in 2019, but a recently approved lease amendment by the Navajo Nation and subsequent authorizations by federal agencies, which the EIS will assess, would extend the lease until 2044.
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