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Nevada Tribe Fights Coal Plant In Pollution Battle

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Native American reservation outside Las Vegas is trying to persuade the federal government that their community faces serious health risks from a nearby power plant by appealing to a nationwide campaign to increase visibility at national parks.

For years, Moapa Paiute tribe members have insisted that their various health woes were linked to the Reid Gardner Generating Station in rural southern Nevada.

The tribe is hoping to finally get their voices heard on Thursday, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency holds its first public hearing on the coal-fueled plant at the reservation. The meeting is part of a national effort to improve visibility at national parks by curbing pollution.

NV Energy says its Reid Gardner facility has undergone a series of upgrades in recent years aimed at reducing emissions

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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