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In “major blow” to project, proposed Lake Powell pipeline will get federal scrutiny, including USNPS

Utah water officials will have to wade through a multitude of federal agencies to secure permits for the proposed Lake Powell pipeline, potentially setting back approval for the controversial project.

Even though the pipeline’s entire purpose is moving 86,000 acre-feet of water to growing Washington and Kane counties, proponents wanted permitting to be handled primarily by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC.

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