Bird announced in October 2011 that the facility would use a more expensive dry cooling method, requiring about 978 billion gallons of water a year — 85 percent less than the initial plan. But a month later, the Lower Colorado River Authority voted not to grant water to White Stallion.
Several environmental groups, which also had concerns about air and water pollution, called Friday's decision a major victory.
"I think they thought that since we were a small rural community, they would not encounter opposition. They were wrong," Eva Malina, president of the No Coal Coalition, said Friday in a news release.