Environmental Press # 319

Subj: OOG: Poseidon Desalination Project Findings For Denial
Date: 9/10/2003 3:06:47 PM Eastern Daylight Time
From: Jon V3

Dear Readers:

Based on feedback I received, there is some confusion regarding my last email concerning the Poseidon Desalination Project Findings for Denial that were presented at the Huntington Beach Planning Commission meeting last night. To clear things up, these Suggested Findings For Denial were not drawn up by me; they were created by Huntington Beach Planning staff, who gave them to Planning Commissioner Ron Davis. Commissioner Davis then used them as a basis for a motion to deny the Poseidon project in his eloquent speech. This motion failed on a 3-4 vote because some commissioners wanted to finish their work on the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) first. The whole issue will be discussed at the next Planning Commission meeting. and another vote will be taken after the CUP work is finished.

Please make sure to attend the next HB Planning Commission meeting, and in the meantime, contact the Planning Commissioners individually to let them know you support Commissioner Davis's efforts to deny this unwanted and environmentally destructive project:

 

Thanks.

Jan Vandersloot (949) 548-7326

Here, again, are the Findings For Denial, developed by Huntington Beach staff:

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b. The proposed desalination plant will utilize the existing AES intake and outfall, which are outdated.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