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Sunrise Powerlink Faces Another Appeal

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Aired 4/20/09

A federal agency's approval of the Sunrise Powerlink is being appealed. The appeal claims the Bureau of Land Management used incomplete fire data when it approved the San Diego Gas and Electric project. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The BLM decision allows SDG&E to build the powerline through land managed by that agency and the U.S. Forest Service.

The 123-mile route runs along Interstate 8, skirting edges of the Cleveland National Forest.

Opponents of the project cited potential fire hazards as one reason to reject the project.

Two San Diego residents, Katheryn Rhodes and Conrad Hartsell, say the BLM approval failed to include historic fire data from several communities.

"What they used is the CalFire database, that CalFire says is incomplete and should be used with caution," Rhodes said.

She says the BLM, SDG&E and the state Public Utilities Commission should reanalyze the fire data.
 
SDG&E's parent company says the BLM did a thorough analysis and that its decision will be upheld.

The BLM decision was signed on the final day of the Bush administration.  

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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