Some Concerns In Utah About Power Plant In Nevada

A power plant proposed in Nevada is getting attention in southwestern Utah.

More than 250 people attended a meeting in St. George last night to ask questions and express concerns about the Toquop Energy Project, a coal-fired plant 12 miles northwest of Mesquite, Nevada.

"They want to build it in eastern Nevada for two reasons: water, and the environmental effects will be in Utah," said Charles Benjamin is a lawyer in the Nevada office of Western Resource Advocates, a watchdog group.

He says they want to build the plant on Bureau of Land Management land in Nevada because that's where the water is and because the environmental effects will be felt in Utah.

Thomas Johns, senior vice president for Sithe Global Power, says they chose the site partly because it carries fewer land-use restrictions.

He says the fuel was switched to coal from natural gas because of cost.

Johns says the criticism from Utah residents was ironic because Utah gets much of its electricity from coal.

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