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Regulators give go-ahead for study of Lake Powell Pipeline

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Federal regulators have given the go-ahead for environmental studies and public comment about a proposal to build a 140-mile pipeline to draw water from the Colorado River to serve southwestern Utah communities.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Tuesday formally accepted a state application submitted last year for the Lake Powell Pipeline, which would run from the Glen Canyon Dam through parts of northwest Arizona to Sand Hollow Reservoir east of St. George, Utah.

Utah lawmakers authorized the project in 2006, and officials and consultants have estimated the cost at between $1.1 billion and $1.8 billion.

Utah Division of Water Resources chief Eric Millis told the Salt Lake Tribune that the notice posted in the Federal Register represents a major milestone toward meeting future water needs in Utah's Washington and Kane counties.