This site is the online center for public information and involvement related to the NGS-KMC Project Environmental Compliance process. Easily access additional information on this site by clicking on the bullets in the ribbon to the left, or on the hyperlinks within the narrative on each page.
The public review and comment period for the Draft EIS ended on December 29, 2016. Subsequent to the end of the comment period, the utility owners of the NGS elected to cease operation of the NGS plant no later than December 22, 2019. Work on the NGS-KMC Project EIS has been suspended.
This notice will be updated once details on future actions are known.
On behalf of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) is the lead Federal agency, and the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), are key cooperating agencies, for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS).
The purpose of the EIS is to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of extending the operation of the Navajo Generating Station (NGS), located on lands leased from the Navajo Nation, near Page, AZ. The EIS also will evaluate potential environmental impacts from continued production of coal at the Kayenta Mine, about 80 miles southeast of the NGS, near Kayenta, AZ. Kayenta Mine is located on lands leased from both the Navajo Nation and Hopi Tribe. Currently Kayenta Mine is the sole source of coal from NGS, and the NGS is Kayenta Mine’s only customer. Both the NGS and the Kayenta Mine would continue production for an additional 25 years, from 2020 through 2044.
Information and Services for Public Participation
- About the NGS-KMC Project EIS: why it’s needed, what is in it, the EIS project area location, and a schedule for completion of the Environmental Requirements/Activities.
- Process for Getting Involved: how to become an active participant by signing up to receive project newsletters and news releases, submitting comments, and attending public meetings.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Future public involvement opportunities will be announced on this website.