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Feds deny permits for controversial project on Black Mesa
Future projects “should work closely with tribal stakeholders prior to filing,” agency officials said in decision

The hydropower company Nature and People First had proposed a "pumped storage" project in the Black Mesa area on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Indigenous advocates are celebrating a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that prevents the development from going forward. (Photo/Chris Clements/KSJD)

The hydropower company Nature and People First had proposed a "pumped storage" project in the Black Mesa area on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Indigenous advocates are celebrating a decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that prevents the development from going forward. (Photo/Chris Clements/KSJD)

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