World to Get Its Tallest Dam
1,030-footer gets OK from environmental ministry
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
This Oct. 26, 2010 file photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency shows the reservoir of the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, in central China's Hubei province.   (AP Photo/Xinhua, Du Huaju, File)

(Newser) – The title of world's tallest dam may shift to a new country in a decade's time. Plans for a 1,030-foot dam—45 feet taller than the current title holder, Tajikistan's Nurek dam—have gotten the green light from China's environmental ministry. The $4.4 billion dam would enable a hydropower project earmarked for Sichuan province and produce twice as much energy as the Hoover Dam. True to form, the OK came even as the ministry admitted that the dam would deal a blow to rare or threatened fish and plants, according to state-run media.

The ministry proposed some measures to combat the potential harm, including "protecting fish habitats in tributaries, building fish ladders, and increasing fish breeding and releasing ... as well as constructing seed banks." The Guardian notes that critics fear this and other dams' impact on the area's earth: It's prone to earthquakes and landslides.

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1freeusa
May 18, 2013 8:09 AM CDT
meanwhile in future news.......1000 ft tsunami wave floods sichuan province river valley killing millions. Mother Nature says "quit messing with me or else"
Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 17, 2013 8:36 PM CDT
A few hundred thousand people flooded off their land. The Chinese government just accomplished this not long ago and thousands of country dwellers flock to the cities to create a bigger need for en enrgy and other resources. .
bearmon2010
May 17, 2013 4:12 PM CDT
Dam made me sick. THey are doing it for money so we have to pay for electricity and water through it. Disgusting. The electricity come from sun as solar. They are the corruption and money of lust. Yucky!