BLM rejects solar project in Silurian Valley

Nov 21, 2014 1:00 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal Bureau of Land Management has rejected an application for construction of a solar energy plant in California's Silurian Valley, a little-touched area of the Mojave Desert southeast of Death Valley National Park.

A subsidiary of Iberdrola Renewables LLC proposed a 200-megawatt solar power plant on 1,616 acres.

The BLM announced Thursday that a review found that the project would not be in the public interest.

The BLM said analysis found the project would have too great an impact on the "largely undisturbed valley that supports wildlife, an important piece of the Old Spanish National Historic Trail, and recreational and scenic values."

Iberdrola Renewables is the U.S. division of Spain's Iberdrola Group.

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