The Regional Haze Settlement Agreement Is a Terrible Deal for New Mexico
After months of negotiation, the New Mexico Environment Department in early October proposed a settlement to end its dispute with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over haze-causing emissions from the San Juan Generating Station, a 1,770-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant near Farmington. The proposal has won praise from many quarters, including advocates for low-income residents. Ratepayers, however, should be wary. This alternative settlement is even worse than the EPA's draconian regulation.