‘Watts’ right for Moab...
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Some (actually, one) might dream of paving the UMTRA site for a 2,000 vehicle parking lot for Arches National Park. But it’s going to take years to cleanse Atlas enough for reuse. And now that the National Park Service must seek solutions to the overcrowding caused by too many visitors.

Through the 21st century, there have been many suggestions for beneficial use of this old energy site — another golf course, a rip-’em-up ATV course and placid green space. The best suggestion, by far, that I have heard is to use the UMTRA site for a solar farm.

The town of Green River may want a glow-in-the-dark nuclear power plant on the Green River. That’s old energy. But the town of Moab could have a glow-in-the-light/dark-skies-at-night solar power facility on the Colorado River. It would be economic, ecological and sustainable new energy.

It’ll take a lot of planning by city, county, state, federal and other stakeholders — including the citizens of Grand County and bordering counties, the business community, civic organizations, legislators and others. So we’d better get started. A community-owned solar farm is “watts” right for the site.

—Jean Binyon


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