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Old 03-14-2010, 11:36 PM
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Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Inc.

Wondering about the effects of the Tri-State generating plant (coal) in Nucla on the air in and around Montrose proper ... Has this plant been closed? If so, when? If no, can anyone give me a link to actual data that is current?

State of the Air strangely doesn't list Montrose county ... Colorado

Scorecard.org gives air release numbers for Montrose county that seem quite high in comparison to my expections, especially in comparison to Durango (LaPlata County), with which I am very familiar ...
Pollution Rankings | By County

Can anyone give a comparison to the air in Durango or maybe Santa Fe which is well known for low pollution?

Thank you all very much!
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:38 AM
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Most of Montrose's air quality problems are generated locally--wood stoves, automobiles, and particulate dust. Like most of western Colorado, Montrose can suffer severe air inversions in winter. I don't think the Nucla power plant has ever really caused issues in Montrose because it is nearly 100 miles away and is separated from the Uncompahgre Valley where Montrose lies by the nearly 10,000 elevation Uncompahgre Plateau. The Nucla plant is also relatively small, unlike the huge Four Corners generation stations near Farmington, New Mexico that can spread a plume of emissions that will somtimes reach Durango.
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:06 PM
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Thanks JL ~ that's the type of answer I was looking for .. I have been living for a while in Farmington, and, because of some immune problems I have, I am having a really hard time with the power plants + gas/oil pollution.

Thanks for your help, JL
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