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Coal plant owners, tribe at impasse over takeover of plant

This 2011 file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station northeast of Grand Canyon National Park as seen from Lake Powell in Page. (Ross D. Franklin/AP, File)

This 2011 file photo shows the main plant facility at the Navajo Generating Station northeast of Grand Canyon National Park as seen from Lake Powell in Page. (Ross D. Franklin/AP, File)

FLAGSTAFF — The owners of a massive coal-fired power plant in the West say negotiations with a tribe to take over the plant have hit an impasse.

The Navajo Generating Station on the Arizona-Utah border is scheduled to close in December.

The Navajo Nation directed an entity it created to consider buying the plant and its feed mine to save tribal revenue and jobs.

The Salt River Project operates the plant and said the parties have deadlocked over who ultimately would be responsible for cleanup.

SRP spokesman Scott Harelson said Thursday the current owners want the Navajo Transitional Energy Company to take on any known and unknown liabilities.

The tribal company says that's unnecessary because it has agreed to put up money to help cover the cleanup costs if necessary.

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