PAGE, Ariz. - An agreement to keep the Navajo Generating Station (NGS) open through 2019 is on the table and awaiting final approval from Navajo President Russell Begay.

The Navajo Council voted Monday 18-4 to approve the lease and related agreements.

A few months ago, the NGS owners decided to extend operations of the coal-fired plant through the end of its current lease in 2019, rather than close it later this year -- provided the necessary agreements could be reached with the Navajo Nation to allow decommissioning activities to take place after 2019.

Mihio Manus, a spokesperson for President Begaye, says the president is expected to sign the new lease later this week, before the deadline of July 1.

The participants in NGS include: SRP, the plant’s operator; the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Arizona Public Service Co.; Tucson Electric Power Co.; and NV Energy.