SALT LAKE CITY -- A state engineer is setting the stage for the development of Utah's first nuclear power plant.
Kent Jones previously granted a water right and on Tuesday rejected an appeal by environmental groups that attacked the developer's lack of deep pockets for a multibillion-dollar power plant near the Green River.
Jones acknowledged that the first investors sought by Blue Castle Holdings have dropped out but that the developers can probably find other backers.
Jones upheld his previous decision on water rights for the plant. That means Blue Castle can seek approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.