FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — The federal government says it will study the environmental impacts of a northwestern New Mexico power plant and the coal mine that feeds it.
Environmental groups had pushed the U.S. Department of Interior to prepare an environmental impact statement for the Four Corners Power Plant and Navajo Mine.
The Farmington Daily Times reports that the study announced this week is expected to take years to complete. The federal Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement also is examining the impacts of right-of-way renewals for transmission lines, the plant's lease with the Navajo Nation and a proposed mine expansion.
Arizona Public Service operates the plant near Farmington.
New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.