Regional
7:56 am
Tue January 31, 2012

PNM Seeks Bids For San Juan Emissions Work

Albuquerque, New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) New Mexico's largest electric utility is accepting bids for the installation of new pollution controls at its coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico.

Public Service Company of New Mexico's announcement comes despite an ongoing legal battle over the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to require the equipment upgrade at the San Juan Generating Station.

PNM says the EPA's timeline for compliance means it must move forward on initial steps to install the selective catalytic reduction technology.

PNM says it can meet federal visibility standards without the technology.

The utility favors a plan proposed by state regulators for improving visibility, but environmentalists say the EPA plan would do more to cut down on haze.

Bids are due April 20. PNM says those bids will help show how much the technology will cost to install at the plant.

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