EPA Issues Cleanup Plan For Arizona Power Plants

Dear LA Beat readers,

Good News! The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has honored its obligation to our national parks by issuing a final cleanup plan for three ’70s-era Arizona power plants that will better regulate some of the biggest park polluters in the country. Its requirement for modern, highly effective pollution controls will dramatically benefit skies over 18 national parks and wilderness areas, including the Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde.

La Cholla Power Plant is one of three ’70s era plants that has been issued a final cleanup plan that will better regulate some of the biggest park polluters in the country. Photo courtesy of John Fowler/Lumenetic.com. Copyright 2012.

Send a thank you note to the EPA for taking action for clean air in the Southwest’s national parks!

EPA both deserves and needs our thanks. The agency has already experienced significant industry backlash, so it is important for us to support their strong park protections! And if you need a reminder why thanking the EPA is so important, just watch our videoA Sacred Trust.

Someday we’ll hopefully be able to tell our children and grandchildren, “I remember when you could only see half as many stars as this–when on bad days, the air was still hard for some people to breathe.”

Take Action: Thank the EPA for requiring these old plants to have modern controls–ask them to stand tall in protecting our desert air. Tell EPA’s Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld you are grateful that our children and grandchildren will have healthy, clean air over our parks thanks to their work.

Thank you for taking a moment to acknowledge a job well done. Working together we can and do make a difference for our national parks!



Kevin Dahl
Arizona Program Manager

Shirley Pena

About Shirley Pena

A native of Southern California, Shirley Peña began her career as a music journalist almost twenty years ago, writing for her websites "Stars In My Eyes: the Girlhowdy Website" and "La Raza Rock!" and progressed to creating various fan sites on Yahoo, including the first for New Zealand singer/songwriter Tim Finn. From there, she became a free agent, arranging online interviews for Yahoo fan clubs with various music artists (Andy White, John Crawford, Debora Iyall, John Easdale, etc.). She also lent her support in creating and moderating a number of Yahoo fan clubs for various music artists from the 1990s-today. As a music journalist, Shirley Peña has contributed to a number of magazines (both hard copy and online), among them: Goldmine, American Songwriter, Classic Drummer Magazine and UK-based Keyboard Player (where she was a principal journalist). A self-confessed "fanatic" of 1960s "British Invasion" bands, Classic Rock and nostalgic "Old Hollywood ", she also keeps her finger on the pulse of current trends in music, with a keen eye for up and coming artists of special merit. Shirley Peña loves Los Angeles, and is thrilled to join the writing staff of The Los Angeles Beat!
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