Nuclear power proposal in Utah ignites water war

A humongous 3 GW nuclear plant is planned near Green River, Utah. It would use 53,000 acre feet a year of water for cooling. This would put further strain on the Green River, which is a major tributary of the already overused Colorado River.

The developers say it will use 1% of Utah’s water and increase its electricity production by 50%, assuming there will always be enough water which is by no means a given.

Other 200 groups have filed protests, most of which are concerned about water use.