Kaiparowits Power Project

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  • The proposed Kaiparowits Power Project focused concern on the over-appropriation of the Colorado River and the development of energy resources of the Colorado Plateau. It also became the focus of environmental controversy and the power of new environmental regulation in the 1970s.

    Following the completion of Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona Resource Company (ARC), a partnership of Arizona Public Service, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company, proposed constructing the largest coal-fired power plant in the United States about fifty miles north of the dam. The utilities sought to take advantage of abundant coal beds of the Kaiparowits Plateau in southwestern Utah and the water stored in Lake Powell. Initial plans anticipated burning up to thirty thousand tons of coal per day, trucked from ...

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