Complete the following assignment and bring a hard copy to class this Friday March 29 for an in-class discussion. You
will be turning in this assignment at the end of this class.
For this assignment, I want you to investigate the current issues revolving around the closure of the Navajo
Generating Station (NGS). Utilities that own the largest coal power plant in the Western United States have
agreed to shut it down in 2019, ~ 25 years ahead of schedule. NGS is located on the Navajo Nation and
provides power to the southwest and for pumping water from the Colorado River, in the Central Arizona
Project canal, to Phoenix and Tucson. For this assignment, you will do some background research and identify
the current ethical issues, you must complete this prior to class.
Part 1: NGS background
Do a bit of online research on the history and background of the NGS facility. Write a ½ page summary on the
background of the NGS facility (i.e. where it is located, specs of the plant, where does the fuel come from, who
are the owners and operators and, identify why it is closing). Cite at least two sources in IEEE format. Note:
you can use websites but it must be in correct format.
Part 2: Fundamental Ethical Questions – Answer the hypothetical questions below assuming you
are the head engineer with the sole decision to either close the plant or keep it open for some
1. Ethical issues
a. Identify the two ethical issues of the case. Explicitly state the primary ethical dilemma, and work to
identify any secondary ethical dilemmas.
a. Identify the various stakeholders. Start with those most immediate to the actions then think more
b. What are their interests?
c. Who/what are negatively and/or positively impacted by the case?
a. From you background search, decide if there is any relevant facts that are either unclear or unstated?
What are these?
b. Why are they relevant and who needs to know them?
4. Ethical Codes and Canons
a. What relevant engineering professional codes are applicable to this situation? See NSPE codes of Ethics
link on next page.
b. What do the engineering codes of conduct suggest should be done next? See rules of practice
5. Evaluating Actions
a. Come up with two different possible courses of action assuming you are deciding the fate of NGS.
b. What is the best course of action you are considering giving all things considered?
c. Explain why this is the best course of action, and what are the positive and negative consequences of
this course of action?
Links to useful resources about the plant:
Link to code of ethics document:
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