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Chula Vista Power Plant Expansion Rejected

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Aired 6/17/09

The California Energy Commission voted to deny the expansion of a power plant in Chula Vista. Wednesday's decision rejected a company's application to upgrade its current peaker plant.

The California Energy Commission voted to deny the expansion of a power plant in Chula Vista. Wednesday's decision rejected a company's application to upgrade its current peaker plant.

The company that owns the existing 44 megawatt peaker plant on Main Street wanted to replace it with a 100 megawatt plant.

The National City-based Environmental Health Coalition was against the plan.

The Coalition's Laura Hunter says locating the plant in an area near schools and homes would hurt the health of people that live and work in nearby neighborhoods.

Hunter says the California Energy Commission ruled that the location for the proposed power plant was inconsistent with the Chula Vista General Plan for land use.

"And because it doesn't comply with these land use policies that the city enacted to protect their own residents, we're recommending denial," Hunter said in explaining the decision by the Energy Commission.

Hunter says Chula Vista's general plan prohibits locating industrial projects within 1000 feet of homes, schools or hospitals.

She says the proposed plant would have been 350 feet from some homes.

The Energy Commission decision brings an end to a two-year review process.

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