Bird deaths in plant's ponds investigated

Oct 17, 2014 1:23 PM by News Staff

BLYTHE, Calif. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials are investigating bird deaths at a Southern California solar plant.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tells the Riverside Press-Enterprise that 60 birds apparently got caught up in an oily substance in evaporation ponds at the Genesis solar plant west of Blythe near the Arizona border.

It's not yet known what species of birds died.

A spokesman for NextEra, which operates the plant, says the birds were found dead Monday in two ponds. The company is cooperating with the investigation.

The plant uses water to clean thousands of curved mirrors and to make steam.


Information from: The Press-Enterprise

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