The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection, Bureau of Air Pollution Control regulates coal-fired power plants in Nevada pursuant to NRS 445B.500. Clark and Washoe counties have a distinct jurisdiction over air quality programs with the exception of regulations governing the control of emissions from plants that generate electricity by using steam produced from the burning of fossil fuel.
The BAPC regulates the following existing coal-fired power plants in Nevada:
- Southern-Cal Edison's - Mohave Generating Station - two boilers with one stack
- Nevada Power Company's - Reid-Gardner Generating Station - four boilers with four stacks
- Sierra Pacific Power Company's - Valmy Generating Station - two boilers with two stacks
See Map of Air Quality Permitted Coal-Fired Power Plants in Nevada
A PSD permit for the construction of a 200-megawatt facility for Newmont Mining Corporation has recently been approved.
In Nevada, the air quality regulations meet or exceed US Environmental Protection Agency standards for air quality. The air quality requirements are more stringent in areas such as Clark and Washoe Counties because these areas are in non-attainment for various pollutants.
All permit applications for new facilities are evaluated to determine if the proposal demonstrates compliance with all state and federal air quality requirements including the Clean Air Act New Source Review provisions. Each proposed source is evaluated in conjunction with existing sources in the immediate area to ensure that overall air quality is not adversely impacted. Permit requests are denied if compliance with air quality standards and regulations cannot be met.