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Arizona company groundwater use bid for nuclear plant denied

Posted at 1:23 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 15:23:27-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona water regulators have rejected an application by an electric company to use groundwater to cool the nuclear power plant west of Phoenix because the water is already being used.

The Arizona Republic reported Monday that the state Department of Water Resources denied the request from Arizona Public Service Company to use the water and study it as an alternative to expensive reclaimed water because it is being used.

Department officials say the permit requires water has no other beneficial use.

Company officials say the permit would allow them to blend groundwater with the treated waste water from the 91st Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Officials say they are looking for cost-effective solutions for water to power the nuclear plant in the future.