2010 GREEN RIVER WATER RIGHTS HEARING

BLUE CASTLE PROJECT
BLUE CASTLE PROJECT - WATER RIGHTS
KANE COUNTY WCD WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION
SAN JUAN COUNTY WCD WATER RIGHTS APPLICATION

STATE ENGINEER DECISION AND CHALLENGE

BLUE CASTLE PROJECT - NRC EARLY SITE PERMIT

Division of Water Rights Hearings
on Provision of Water for the Blue Castle Nuclear Power Station
January 12, 2010

On January 12, 2010, the Utah Division of Water Rights held hearings on the protests of requests by the Kane County and San Juan County Water Conservancy Districts to provide water for the proposed nuclear power station in Green River. The hearings were for change applications a35402 (Water Rights 89-74, 89-128, and 89-1513) and a35874 (Water Right 09-462).

Citizens of Green River and Grand County, along with representatives of state and national organizations provided testimony at the hearings. The Water Conservancy Districts' legal representative, John Mabey, Blue Castle Holdings Inc. CEO Aaron Tilton, and their experts gave a lengthy presentation (see links to presentation below) in support of the proposed transfer of water rights from the Colorado River and San Juan Rivers to the Green River for Blue Castle Project.

Protesters presented testimony on the impacts of the withdrawal of 74 cubic feet per second (53,600 acre feet) on the Green River environment, the lack of available water over time due to other water use commitments and climate change, agreements that must be met in support of endangered fish species, the physical and economic feasibility of the project, lack of specific information and data, and adverse impacts to local agricultural and recreational uses and the community.

The State Engineer has held the record open until March 1 to receive additional written testimony from all the parties.

HEARING PRESENTATIONS AND WRITTEN TESTIMONY

Hearings Transcript

Audio Recording of Hearings
Division of Water Rights Hearing Documents
Sign in Sheet

Water Conservancy Districts Power Point Presentation - Part 1 (40.5 MB)
Water Conservancy Districts Power Point Presentation - Part 2 (38.8 MB)

Water Convervancy Districts' Written Testimony
~ Cultural and Paleontological Resource Inventory
~ City of Green River Resolution
~ Emery County Resolution
~ McCallum-Turner: Preliminary Site Consultation
~ Utah Legislature: Joint Resolution Supporting Nuclear Power

Center for Biological Diversity

Living Rivers

Sierra Club

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
~ Page 1
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Page 2
~ Page 3

Utah Division of Natural Resources
~ Page 1 age 1
~ Page 2
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Page 3

ADDITIONAL WRITTEN STATEMENTS

Bio-West
~ Page 1
~ Page 2

Southeast Utah Association of Local Governments

Utah Department of Natural Resources
~ Page 1
~ Page 2
~ Page 3

SUPPLEMENTAL WRITTEN TESTIMONY

At the January 12 hearings, the Presiding Officer allowed the parties to submit additional written testimony by March 1, 2010. Testimony and exhibits below:

Center for Bilogical Diversity

Chris Dunham

HEAL Utah and Adams
(with Exhibits) (30.9 MB)
HEAL Utah
(w/o Exhibits)
~ Exhibit A -
Letter from Curtis and Kerry Rozman and letter from Tim Vetere

Living Rivers

Red Rock Forests
(with Attachments) (7 MB)
Red Rock Forests
(w/o Attachments)
~ Attachment 1
- US Fish and Wildlife Service, Testimony, January 12, 2010.
~ Attachment 2 -
Paul B. Holden, Bio-West, February 19, 2010.
~ Attachment 3 -
League of Women Voters, Utah Water Study, September 2009
~ Attachment 4 -
Iris Stewart, et al., Changes in Snowmelt Runoff Timing in Western North America Under a 'Business as Usual Climate Change Scenario, Climate Change, 2004
~ Attachment 5 -
K.D. Sharma, Application of Climate Information and Predictions in Water Sector: Capabilities, 2009
~ Attachment 6
- USGS, Climate Models: Understanding global shifts in water availability.
~ Attachment 7
- Tim P. Barnett and David W. Pierce, "When will Lake Mead go dry?" January 23, 2008.

Curtis and Kerry Rozman

Uranium Watch
(with Exhibits) (7.6 MB)
Uranium Watch
(w/o Exhibits)
~ Exhibit A -
Tom Retson, Transition Power Development. Letter of Intent, October 13, 2008.
~ Exhibit B -
Tom Retson, EnergyPath, Cancellation of Purchase Option, October 13, 2008.
~ Exhibit C -
John Andrews, SITLA, February 17, 2010.
~ Exhibit D -
Mike McCandless, Emery County Economic Development Director, February 10, 2010.
~ Exhibit E
- BCH, News Release, September 28, 2009.
~ Exhibit F - BCH, News Release, October 5, 2009.
~ Exhibit G - Aaron Tilton, BCH, letter to NRC, January 17, 2010.
~ Exhibit H - NRC Regulatory Guide 1.27, "Ultimate Heat Sink for Nuclear Power Plants." January 1976.
~ Exhibit I - Rohini Malkani, "New Nuclear — The Economics Say No," November 9, 2009.
~ Exhibit J - David Schlissel and Bruce Biewald, "Nuclear Power Plant Construction Costs," July 2008.
~ Exhibit K - John M. Lemberski, "Turnkey Nuclear Plant EPC Agreements: The Case for Price
Certainty." June 1, 2008.
~ Exhibit L - Robert Hornick and Air Kagan, "U.S. Nuclear Power: Credit Implications," November 2, 2006.
~ Exhibit M - Philip D. Lusk, "Nuclear Power Plant Electricity: A Simple Costing Model,"
~ Exhibit N - N. Anton Caputo, "Nuclear expansion could cost $18.2 billion," San Antonio News-Express, December 23, 2009.
~ Exhibit O - Mark Cooper, "All Risk, No Reward For Taxpayers And Ratepayers The Economics Of Subsidizing The ‘Nuclear Renaissance’ With Loan Guarantees And Construction
Work In Progress," Issue Brief, November 2009.
~ Exhibit P - Tom Doggett, "U.S. government says loans for nuclear plants complicated" Reuters. January 15, 2010.
~ Exhibit Q - Joseph Mangano, "Excess Infant Mortality after Nuclear Plant Startup in Rural
Mississippi," International Journal of Health Services, Spring 2008.
~ Exhibit R - Joseph Mangano and Janette D. Sherman, "Childhood Leukaemia Near Nuclear
Installations,"European Journal of Cancer Care. November 2008.. November 2008.
~ Exhibit S -
"Child Leukemia Death Rates Increase Near U.S. Nuclear Plants: Rises Greatest Near Oldest Plants, Declines Near Closed Plants," November 11, 2008.
~ Exhibit T -
"Nuclear power station causing cancer," Time for Change.
~ Exhibit U
- Nic Fleming, "Nuclear Power Plant 'increases child leukaemia risk'," January 10. 2008.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club
(with Attachment) (3.7 MB)
Utah Chapter of the Sierra Club
(w/o Attachment)
~ Attachment
- Bureau of Reclamation, Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study
Basin Study Program

Utah Guides and Outfitters Association

Tim Vetere
~ Affadavit

Western Resource Advocates



 

Updated March 19, 2010


 

ADDITIONAL
INFORMATION

Blue Castle Project

News Articles
~ Moab Times Independent
~ Salt Lake Tribune
~ Grand Junction Sentinel

~ High Country News

Kane County WCD Protests

San Juan County WCD Protests

 

 

 

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