US Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has joined a new coalition that is working to promote the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) as a vital resource and supply of power to the West.
There has been growing pressure from the Navajo Nation and other stakeholders, with support from the Trump administration, to keep the largest coal power plant in the US open as a source of reliable energy, which came as the president welcomed the resurgence of the coal industry in the US.
Zinke said: “Interior is committed to working with all parties, to include current or any future owners, to keep the power plant operational in support of good-paying tribal jobs.”
Union workers have formed a campaign called “Yes to NGS”, which is calling for the station to be kept open into the 2040s – as envisioned during its construction.
Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America, said: “The Navajo Generating Station was developed on tribal lands by tribal workers who mine the coal and create the power that moves water to benefit families and businesses across Arizona.”