Last week, WildEarth Guardians joined the Sierra Club and the National Parks Conservation Association in calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finally clean up the Bonanza coal-fired power plant in northeastern Utah. This latest volley comes on the heels of ongoing efforts to hold the power plant’s owner, Deseret Power Co-op, accountable after years of violating the Clean Air Act.
The Bonanza power plant is one of the last remaining coal-fired power plants in the American West to be retrofitted with up-to-date pollution controls. Located in the Uinta Basin of northeastern Utah, a region struggling with smog and other pollution, the plant is hammering local communities with foul emissions. It’s also choking iconic landscapes with its haze, including nearby Dinosaur National Monument. Not surprisingly, even the National Park Service has called out the Environmental Protection Agency for not doing more to clean up the plant.
Our message to the Environmental Protection Agency has been simple: if the power plant can’t operate in compliance with our clean air laws, it shouldn’t be allowed to operate. We’ll see if the agency follows through or if the Bonanza power plant will get another free pass to pollute.