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Miners to rally at Capitol for plant future

Miners to rally at Capitol for plant future
Posted at 7:04 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 10:04:56-04

Hundreds of miners and their relatives will join leaders from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe and the United Mine Workers to rally at the state Capitol to keep open the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in northern Arizona.

The gathering in downtown Phoenix on Wednesday morning is the latest effort by employees of the 2,250-megawatt station near Page in northeastern Arizona to save their jobs. Utility operators say the station costs more to operate than natural gas-burning plants.
The Hopi Tribe and coal mining groups last month sued the operator of an Arizona aqueduct system known as the Central Arizona Water Conservation District to halt the plant's closure when its lease ends in late 2019.