In an ironic twist, residents of Colstrip, Montana, the home of the second largest coal-burning power plant in the West, are being asked to limit their water use so the plant continue to operate safely. The city’s mayor sent a note to 2,300 residents making the appeal at the request of Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy, which operates the 2,100-megawatt plant. Unusually high summer temperatures in Montana have left water levels lower than average in the Yellowstone River, which has resulted in problems with intake system for water used to cool the plant. The Yellowstone River also provides municipal water for the city of Colstrip.

– via The Billings Gazette/Associated Press


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