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Huntsman stops Bear Lake hydroelectric plant

Huntsman stops Bear Lake hydroelectric plant



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A proposed hydroelectric plant at Bear Lake has run into trouble.

Gov. Jon Huntsman has told the Division of State Parks and Recreation to drop negotiations over an easement a Logan company needed for access to the project.

Huntsman says he's concerned that if the plant is built, Bear Lake's water quality will suffer.

Symbiotics LLC wanted to build the pump storage project on Rich County's Hook Canyon.

The plant would have pumped water from Bear Lake at night and release it back to the lake during the day to generate electricity.

The pumped water would cause the lake to rise and fall at least three inches a day. State officials say that could stir up sediment on the bottom of the lake and alter its unique blue color.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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