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Power plant stacks that loomed over Arizona come down

Three towering concrete stacks that were among the last visual reminders of a shuttered power plant came down Friday. Photo via AP.
Posted at 10:12 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:12:15-05

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Three towering concrete stacks that were among the last visual reminders of a shuttered power plant came down Friday.

People lined roadways and gathered in parking lots near Page, Arizona, to watch it happen. The 775-foot structures loomed over the Navajo Generating Station and a region that includes iconic tourist attractions. The plant shut down last year as natural gas became a cheaper alternative for energy.

It had been both a symbol of economic prosperity, providing steady employment and revenue for the Navajo Nation. Environmentalists fought for years to shutter it because of its reliance on fossil fuel, water use and pollution.