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The San Juan Generating Station costs New Mexicans up to $60 million a year in public health costs from the asthma attacks, heart attacks, chronic bronchitis, and premature deaths that result from lack of decent air pollution controls on its smokestacks.
The EPA has ordered the owners of the plant, of whom Los Alamos is one, to install high quality pollution controls to reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions by 80%.
On March 27 the Los Alamos County Council passed a resolution supporting an alternative New Mexico-proposed state implementation plan, which would lower the nitrogen oxide emissions by only 20%, but would be much cheaper to implement. Both the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico opposed this resolution.