Frequently Asked Questions

General 

How would operations at the Kayenta Mine be affected if less coal is burned as fuel at NGS?    

Would the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) consider the potential changes in water costs to CAP users as the result of new capital investments at NGS, and potential reductions in NGS energy output?

Air Quality

How is the “airshed” being defined?

How does the airshed definition impact other resources?

Cultural Resources

Who is responsible for compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)?

Who can contribute to and participate in the Section 106 process of the National Historic Preservation Act?

What cultural resources are being studied in this EIS for the proposed project?

What is a Class I inventory document overview and how will the results be included in the EIS?

Will confidential information be kept confidential?

What is a Programmatic Agreement?

Can the public participate in the Section 106 process?

Tribal Concerns

Under which alternatives would deposit of funds to the Lower Basin Development Fund, for use to pay for certain Indian water settlement project costs as defined in the Arizona Water Settlements Act, continue?

How are effects to traditional uses of the project area and area resources being analyzed?

Water Resources

Will the EIS consider impacts on springs?

What about community water supplies and other water development plans – are those being considered in the water assessment?

There have been a lot of water studies in the region – will the EIS consider those?

Are impacts on the quality of surface water and groundwater going to be addressed?

Biological Resources

What species of concern will be included in the impact analysis for the NGS-KMC Project EIS and Biological Assessment?

What is an Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) and how will it be used in the impact analysis for the NGS-KMC EIS?

Are fish in water bodies in the project area being affected by chemicals/metals from air emissions?