It is time to stop the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) assault on Arizona that does little more than put at risk our water, our energy and our economic future. The EPA's latest target is the Navajo Generating Station, which was authorized by Congress as part of a power project that was subject to decades of open and public debate.
At issue is the agency's regional haze plan aimed at improving visibility at the Grand Canyon. We can all agree that the Grand Canyon is a national treasure that should be protected. But the EPA is putting at risk thousands of skilled jobs and tens of billions of dollars of economic activity for a rule that will deliver no perceptible visibility improvement at the canyon, according to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Just as troubling is that environmental activists recently struck their own deal - without the input of Arizonans or their elected officials - calling for the premature shutdown of the plant. The vast majority of Arizonans oppose this deal, according to a recent poll, and they expect their legislators to defend their right to affordable energy and water.
I oppose both plans as unnecessary and costly, and I urge my colleagues in the state legislature to do the same.
Dr. Kelli Ward
State Senator, Arizona's 5th District