PNM Regional Haze
We the undersigned strongly encourage the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board to approve the State Implementation Plan (SIP) for reducing visibility impacts from the San Juan Generating Station on nearby national parks and wilderness areas, as presented by the New Mexico Environment Department. The SIP is a reasonable alternative to the draft Federal Implementation Plan currently proposed by the U.S. EPA, which calls for environmental control technologies that would cost an estimated $750 million to $1 billion – a cost that would be borne by the 1 million New Mexico customers and 2 million customers throughout the Southwest who are served by the San Juan Generating Station. The SIP, by contrast, calls for a far more reasonable technology solution that would cost an estimated $77 million, while still fulfilling the requirements of the regional haze regulations. This results in a much lower per customer bill impact. In the case of the average PNM residential customer, for example, the impact of the state proposal would be $11.50 per year, while the federal plan would cost the same customer an estimated $82 per year. In addition, the State plan more fully considers the potential impact on the San Juan Generating Station’s long-term viability, which is a key economic contributor. The San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Coal Mine that supplies the plant are major employers and revenue sources for the Four Corners economy, the Navajo Nation and the State of New Mexico. Our state’s economic recovery and future growth require reliable, affordable electricity. We must have reasonable regulations that are responsive to both economic and environmental sensitivities and allow appropriate timeframes for implementation. The SIP as drafted presents such regulation.