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Utah judge backs state engineer: Nuke plant can have water

First Published Nov 27 2013 04:16 pm • Last Updated Nov 29 2013 10:28 am The Utah state engineer was right to let a Provo-based company acquire Green River water to cool its proposed nuclear power reactor, a judge ruled Wednesday. The decision by 7th District Judge George Harmond is the last major say any Utah official will have in the project proposed by Blue Castle Holdings. From here on out, it’s up…

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How threatened is Uinta Basin’s rare desert flower?

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune First Published Dec 01 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Dec 01 2013 02:45 pm Graham’s and White River beardtongue are rare desert flowers that grow almost exclusively in Uintah County’s badlands. But these plants, also known as penstemon, sink their roots into Green River Formation shales, putting their conservation on a collision course with a vast yet untapped hydrocarbon resource. For reasons…

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