"With the rights-of-way approval, we should have all four components for the project to move forward," said Steve Begay, general manager of the Dine Power Authority.
On the federal side, the Desert Rock project is pending approval of a massive environmental impact statement.
Developers received an air permit last year from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
, but it is under appeal.
The rights-of-way measure is an all-encompassing agreement that includes transmission, data, electrical and water lines, water wells, road access and staging areas for construction materials, Begay
Because the easements would cross customary use areas, Begay
said developers are required to compensate those land users.
Of the 41 land users identified, Begay
said 34 have consented, four have repeatedly refused and three permits are in probate.
Meanwhile, President Joe Shirley Jr., Desert Rock Vice President Dirk Straussfeld and DPA General Manager Steven C. Begay continue to hail Desert Rock as "the cleanest pulverized coal-fired power plant in the United States - up to 10 [times] cleaner than nearby plants for key pollutants" and its economic benefits.