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Yellowstone River Diversion Dam

The Pennsylvania Power and Light Company (PP&L) of Allentown, Pennsylvania, is applying for permits from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Yellowstone River Soil and Water Conservation District and the Yellowstone County Flood Plain Program to place 8-foot long, 5-foot high triangular concrete blocks, end to end, to form a 272-foot long dam across the west channel of the Yellowstone River near Billings. The dam would divert the river into its power plant depends. PP&L announced that continual low flows in the river could leave its coal-fired, 160 megawatt Corrette power plant without water critical to cooling the steam that helps generate electricity at the riverside plant.

The applications were rejected and other less destructive alternatives have been installed. ~

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