The Reid Gardner Generating Station (RGGS) is a 1960s-era coal-powered
plant located in Moapa, 30 miles southwest
of Mesquite. It is operated by NV Energy.
There are efforts underway by various parties to promote either clean up or closure of the plant
to reduce environmental impacts.
CCRDC is focused on Reid Gardner issues and takes action as appropriate.
Efforts to Clean up RGGS
In early May, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held two hearings on
proposed limitations for RGGS smokestack
emissions. CCRDC attended these hearings, and filed a formal submission to the EPA. The EPA proposed a limit on emissions,
but indicated that a significantly lower limit is technically achievable and not excessively costly. Our submission strongly recommends that the emission limts be reduced to this lower value. This would result in less
than half of the emissions proposed by the EPA.
Efforts to Close RGGS
The Sierra Club recently conducted a study indicating that closing RGGS would result in significant cost
savings for ratepayers. CCRDC has not yet assessed this study
and is concerned that closure would
have negative impacts on local employment and the economy.
Information on the Sierra Club effort can be accessed
using the referenced links.
The Mesquite Citizen Journal posted an article on the Sierra Club position
on June 18, 2012, “Report Finds Closing Reid Gardner
Coal Plant Would Save Money”