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Golden Valley Electric Association is facing a deadline on whether to upgrade or shut down its oldest and most reliable power plant. The utility’s board of directors must decide over the next couple of years whether to pay up to 50-million dollars to install a new pollution-control system on the coal-fired Healy Unit 1. And two candidates running for the most hotly contested seat in this year’s board elections differ on how they’d decide the issue.


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Golden Valley Electric Association has pledged to reduce the amount of climate-changing carbon its power plants emit by 26 percent, based on 2012 levels, over the next 11 years. Members of environmental groups welcome the so-called Green Goals approved last week by Golden Valley’s board of directors. And they’re challenging the co-op to set its carbon-reduction goals even higher.


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Golden Valley Electric Association will close a facility that processes coal ash produced by the Healy 1 power plant within five years, because it’s been leaking more toxic heavy metals into the area’s groundwater than federal regulations allow. Golden Valley also will come up with a plan to clean up groundwater contamination around the coal-fired power plant in Healy.