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More Delays For Carlsbad Desalination Plant

A Carlsbad desalination project faces another delay. A state lands commission decision has been postponed until December. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has details.

The state lands commission must approve a permit for Poseidon Resources to use the Encina Power Station site for the project. The lands commission staff has recommended approval. But the lands commission won't take a vote on that permit until its December meeting.

Peter Maclaggan is the Senior Vice President with Poseidon Resources . He says the plant would add to the local fresh water supply.

Maclaggan : That will help insure that when those imported sources aren't available that we'll have something to fall back to locally that is truly a drought-proof source of supply.

Environmental groups say the process of sucking in and releasing seawater harms marine life. Poseidon says they could start construction early next year.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.


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