NM Utility Asks EPA To Reconsider Emissions Plan

New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico's largest electric utility is asking federal regulators to reconsider their decision to adopt a plan for trimming emissions at a coal-fired power plant that serves customers throughout the Southwest.

Public Service Company of New Mexico contends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not properly consider a plan by the state Environment Department that would have addressed regional haze stemming from emissions at the San Juan Generating Station.

PNM says modeling shows the state plan and the EPA's plan would achieve similar improvements in visibility.

But PNM argues the EPA plan is too expensive and will ultimately affect customers' rates.

The utility filed its petition with the EPA late last week. It's also challenging the agency's decision in federal court.

The state Environment Department is also appealing the decision.

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