Coal-fired power plants are closing across the country. In the Western states that make up the drought-plagued Colorado River, these facilities use a significant amount of the region’s scarce water supplies. With closure dates looming, communities are starting the contentious debate about how this newly freed up water should be put to use. [Photo: Craig Station, a coal fired power plant in northwest Colorado, is slated to close by 2030. Luke Runyon/KUNC]
KUNC, As Western Coal Plants Close, What Happens To Their Waste?