Judge to Decide the Fate of the Proposed Nuclear Power Plant
Published on September 30, 2013 at 11:33AM
A state judge has 60 days to rule on an environmentalists’ challenge of a water-rights transfer needed to build Utah’s first ever nuclear power plant. A weeklong trial that ended on Friday in Price focused on state Engineer Kent Jones’ decision to let the Blue Castle Holdings take some 53,000 acre-feet of water a year from the Green River to cool the nuclear reactors. A ruling against the water transfer by the Seventh District Judge George Harmond could stop the proposed 3,000-megawatt generator. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that an attorney for environmentalists argued that the water transfer would deplete an already overused Green River. He also said that the proposed nuclear reactor has drawn little interest from Utah utilities and investors so far. An attorney for Blue Castle claimed there is plenty of water in the Green River and that nuclear power is needed since the country is turning away from coal as a source of electrical power.