Harmond rules Blue Castle has right to use water for power plant
Today Judge George Harmond ruled that Utah State Engineer Kent Jones was right to allow Blue Castle Holding to acquire 53,000-acre feet of water from the Green River for its proposed nuclear power plant. The Seventh District Court judge's ruling, effectively squashes a challenge by environmental groups, who want to see plans for a 3,000 megawatt Green River Nuclear Power project derailed.
In September, Harmond heard five days of testimony in the lawsuit that was intended to block the transfer of water rights for the project.
The suit, targeted not only Blue Castle, who plans to build and operate the plant, but also Jones, who approved the use of water previously set aside for coal fired plants in the 1960s.
Blue Castle is in the process of licensing a two unit nuclear power plant in Emery County.
San Juan and Kane County water districts were also named in the suit because they own the rights to the water and are planning on leasing those rights to Blue Castle.
Plaintiffs included HEAL Utah, Uranium Watch, and the Utah Rivers Council, among others.
See more in the Tuesday edition of the Sun Advocate.