Western Slope coal-fired power plants will shut down as part of a larger plan to reduce haze and improve air quality in Colorado, parties in the deal announced Thursday - 01 Sep 2016.
coal-fired Nucla Station in western Montrose County will be retired by the end of 2022. The nearby New Horizon Mine, which feeds the plant with coal, will also cease operations and undergo reclamation.
unit of a Yampa Project coal plant will be retired by 2025. 2 of the other 3 units will continue to operate but with added emissions control equipment to stay in compliance.
tons per year - cut in CO2 emissions and elimination of thousands of tons of other pollutants. The reductions are needed to achieve compliance with state and federal clean air plans and to improve air quality in once pristine parts of the state now suffering big reductions in visibility.