Environmental Press # 318

Subj: OOG: Poseidon Findings For Denial
Date: 9/10/2003 4:18:21 AM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jon V3

Dear Ocean Outfall Group (OOG) and Southeast Huntington Beach Homeowner's Association (SEHBNA):

The Huntington Beach Planning Commission came oh-so-close to turning down the Poseidon Desalination plant proposal tonight, on a squeaky-thin 4-3 vote. Commissioner Ron Davis gave a very eloquent speech on why the Poseidon plant should not be approved, but another Planning Commissioner leaning towards opposition felt a duty to go through the Conditions of Approval of the Conditional Use Permit to complete the Planning Commission work on the proposal. So the Planning Commission discussed the issue to midnight, then continued the hearing to the next meeting. It will be very important to show up in force next meeting to reinforce the Planning Commissioners' good instincts in turning down this desalination proposal, once and for all. Below are the Findings For Denial which were offered to support the vote to deny the project. Thank you Huntington Beach Planning Commission for considering this bold step.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-6326

 

SUGGESTED FINDINGS FOR DENIAL,
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 02-04/
COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NO.02-05

SUGGESTED FINDINGS FOR DENIAL-CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT NO. 02-04:

1. Conditional Use Permit No. 02-04 for the establishment, maintenance and operation of a seawater desalination plant producing 50 million gallons per day (MGD) and up to four miles of water transmission lines will be detrimental to the general welfare of persons working or residing in the vicinity or detrimental to the value of the property and improvements in the area because:

a. The proposed desalination plant will take 100 MGD of raw seawater from the Pacific Ocean through the existing AES generating station intake line and discharge 50 MGD of brine thereby increasing the ocean water salinity which will have a negative effect on local beaches.

b. The proposed desalination plant will utilize the existing AES intake and outfall, which are outdated.

2. The conditional use permit will be incompatible with surrounding uses because the proposed project is an industrial use within close proximity to sensitive residential uses. It will also discharge brine into the ocean in close proximity to a wetlands area.

SUGGESTED FINDINGS FOR DENIAL-COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT NO. 02-05:

1. Coastal Development Permit No. 02-05 for the development of the desalination plant and approximately one mile of water transmission lines within the Coastal Zone, does not conform to the goals and policies of the General Plan, including the Local Coastal Program and Coastal Element as follows:

a. C 6.1.1-Require that new development include mitigation measures to enhance water quality, if feasible; and, at minimum, prevent degradation of water quality of groundwater basins, wetlands, and surface water.

The proposed desalination plant further degrades the ocean water quality and may have an impact on the adjoining wetlands.

b. C 6.1.2-Marine resources shall be maintained, enhanced, and where feasible, restored.

The proposed desalination plant further degrades marine resources.

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