PNM: Bids Show Pollution Controls Are Too Costly

May 19, 2012


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Public Service Company of New Mexico says bids to install Environmental Protection Agency-ordered pollution controls at the San Juan Generating Station have confirmed its belief that the EPA underestimated the price.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that PNM says the lowest bid is more than double the federal agency's estimate of $345 million to equip the coal-fired plant with selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, technology to cut pollutants that cause regional haze.

In documents PNM filed Thursday with the EPA, PNM said it received four bids to install SCR ranging from about $750 million to about $805 million.

Both PNM and the state have also challenged the order in federal court.

The EPA Region 6 office did not directly respond to PNM's filing Friday.

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