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Trump Administration Wades Into Fight Over Navajo Coal Plant

June 4, 2018, 7:55 PM

The Trump administration is coming to the aid of a giant Arizona power plant that has become an important symbol of the White House’s efforts to save the troubled coal sector.

A letter from Timothy Petty, the Interior Department’s assistant secretary for water and science, represents the Trump administration’s most direct intervention so far in the ongoing tug of war over the 2,250-megawatt Navajo Generating Station located near Page, Ariz.

In his letter to the Central Arizona Project—a water authority that buys power from the Navajo station—Petty wrote that the 1968 Colorado River Basin Project ...

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