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Four Corners Power Plant, Fruitland, New Mexico

Four Corners Power Plant is a coal-burning plant located on Navajo land in Fruitland, New Mexico. As the name suggests, it is located near the Four Corners, where the borders of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet. With five units, it is one of the largest coal-burning plants in the US, and supplies electricity to homes in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.

Four Corners Power Plant is operated by Arizona Public Service and jointly owned by several companies, including Southern California Edison, Arizona Public Service, PNM, and Salt River Project. It has been in operation since 1963. It currently produces 2,040 megawatts of electricity.

Coal-Burning Plants and the Environment

Coal-burning power plants are one of the oldest sources of electricity; unfortunately, they are also among the worst in terms of environmental impact. When it is burned, coal releases pollutants such as greenhouse gases, mercury, arsenic, and sulfur dioxide (which contributes to acid rain.) The process of mining coal can also cause air and water pollution.

Fortunately, there are legal regulations meant to reduce the impact of coal-burning plants on the environment. There are also many different technologies that power plants can use to reduce the amount of pollutants they generate. However, not all plants make equal use of these technologies. For example, the Four Corners Power Plant has received considerable criticism for the amount of pollution it generates.

Part of the problem is the issue of legal jurisdiction. Plant owners and government officials cannot agree on whether the plant should be regulated by the Navajo Nation, the state of Colorado, or the federal Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, the plant has little official oversight, and is a significant source of pollution in the area.

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