DOI Questions Water Use For Planned 1,000-MW Hydro Plant

Law360, New York (June 26, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of the Interior voiced concerns Monday that Black Mountain Hydro LLC's proposed 1,000-megawatt hydroelectric plant could tax an already overstressed lake system in western Nevada, a criticism the developer took in stride Tuesday.

Black Mountain has said it would draw on area water sources to fill the proposed pumped storage system initially and then only occasionally thereafter to compensate for evaporation, but the DOI noted in comments filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday that that could amount to more water...
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