Planned nuclear power plant in Utah receives water rights

Blue Castle Holdings Inc. (BCH) on Jan. 20 said it received approval from the State of Utah to use existing water rights for the planned Blue Castle Nuclear Plant Project (BCP). BCH leased the water over four years ago from the Kane County and San Juan County Water Conservancy Districts for the expected 60 years of plant operations. After a review of the Districts’ applications for changing the points of diversion, places of use, nature of use, and storage of water, Utah’s State Water Engineer approved the 53,600 acre feet of water per year from the Green River for the proposed nuclear electricity generation project.

The approved water for the BCP was allocated previously for electric generation by Utah’s State Water Engineer for use in coal-fired power plants that were not constructed. The proposed two-unit Blue Castle Nuclear Project is expected to add between 2,200 to 3,000 MW of installed electrical capacity.

BCH has hired local and national firms for on-site and off-site investigations to prepare an Early Site Permit (ESP) application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). The ESP requires a thorough Environmental Impact Study (EIS) to ensure that the use of the water at the proposed nuclear power plant will be protective of the surrounding environment, including the endangered fish in the Green River.

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