Utah may cut off NSA's water in protest of mass surveillance

An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .


An aerial view of the NSA's Utah data center, taken by activists with the Electronic Frontier Foundation .

In Utah, where the largest National Security Agency data center is located, a state legislative committee will soon consider a bill that could cut off millions of gallons of water for the NSA facility south of Salt Lake City.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Marc Roberts (R), is as a protest against the mass collection of Americans’ data, and would prohibit any Utah municipality from providing “material support or assistance in any form to any federal data collection and surveillance agency.”

From the Associated Press:

Republican Rep. Marc Roberts of Santaquin said he wants use a Wednesday afternoon hearing to explore whether the data center is getting any sweetheart deals on municipal water and power.

Lawmakers opted to hold off on Roberts’ bill to cut off the water to the facility during the last legislative session and study it during the interim.

The $1.7 billion facility, the NSA’s largest data-storage center in the U.S., was built in Utah over 37 other locations because of open land and cheap electricity. The center sits on a National Guard base about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City in the town of Bluffdale.

More: Washington Post.