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Rocky Mountain Power refutes environmental complaints

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Last October, HEAL Utah and Sierra Club publicised a notice of intent to file a lawsuit regarding environmental compliance at Rocky Mountain Power’s Huntington power plant in Emery County, Utah.

In response, Rocky Mountain Power submitted an editorial opinion refuting the claims to The Salt Lake Tribune 30 October 2015. It was published 15 November 2015.

In a press release, Rocky Mountain Power indicated it has a long record of excellent compliance with state and federal environmental laws and is committed to maintain this record. The company has taken proactive measures at the Huntington power plant to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and has obtained the appropriate permits to undertake these actions.

The company pointed out that many of the conclusions the plaintiffs claim from company information or studies are not supported by the facts of the studies themselves.

For many years, the company has dealt with threats and lawsuits by Sierra Club and HEAL Utah.

It believes Sierra Club and HEAL Utah are on record working to immediately stop the use of coal to generate electricity.

Rocky Mountain intends to continue to operate existing coal resources to provide low-cost electricity for its customers as part of its “all of the above” generation resource portfolio.

The Huntington plant operational life currently extends beyond 2030. The gradual, prudent deployment of more natural gas, wind and other renewable resources has been underway for more than 15 years. Since 2001, all the power plants the company has built have been natural gas or wind.

Rocky Mountain Power highlighted that environmental respect is one of its core business principles, which includes compliance with environmental requirements, developing sustainable operations, and respecting its natural resources, while ensuring that it fulfils its commitment to its customers to provide safe, reliable and reasonably priced electricity.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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