Ecology Approves Groundwater Right for Clark County Chip Maker
"The Ecology Department has approved additional rights to water for Japanese-owned S - E - H America, which operates in Clark County.
"The new water paves the way for the silicon wafer manufacturer to make bigger, 12-inch wafers and keep its operations in Washington.
"Silicon wafers are used to make computer microchips found in today's electronic devices.
"A key condition of the state's water right approval directs SEH to monitor the underground aquifer to make sure their withdrawal does not harm water levels."