Appeals Court Upholds Plan for Nuclear Power Plant

Plans for a nuclear power plant on the Green River can move forward after a ruling on Thursday by the Utah Court of Appeals. HEAL Utah, an environmental agency opposed to the plans for a power plant, filed the appeal after a district court judge upheld the decision by the state engineer to allow a diversion of 53,600 acre feet of water from the Green River for the nuclear power plant. The court ruling emphasized that there are 574,000 acre-feet of approved but underdeveloped water rights in the system and that the Green River has an average volume of 3.9 million acre-feet per year and 139 approved water rights in the contested area, reports Deseret News. While many doubt that plans for a nuclear power plant will actually get off the ground, the company reportedly plans to begin work on the site in about 2 years.