Amazon files for water permit for first of two data centers 

A company called REB Investment Company has filed a joint application with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to disturb waterways in the footprint of one of two planned Amazon data centers in Louisa County.

The Lake Anna Tech Campus will be built on 153 acres on Kentucky Road in Louisa as part of an $11 billion investment in the county announced late last month.

“As proposed, the project would permanently impact 0.81 acre of palustrine forested wetlands, 0.07 acre of palustrine scrub-shrub wetlands, 0.09 acre of palustrine emergent wetlands, and 3,059 linear feet of stream channel,” reads the summary of the filing.

Such disturbances have to be avoided at all costs or mitigated and in this case, the applicant will purchase wetland and stream credits. They’ll also have to demonstrate to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality that water quality regulations will be followed.

The plans show a two-story administration building, two support buildings and seven buildings for the data center equipment. 

A public comment period is open through October 26. 

Hat tip to Data Center Dynamics for this story. (Amazon files for 1.7 million sq ft data center campus in Louisa County, Virginia, Dan Swinhoe, September 26, 2023)

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