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Energy Panel Sets Public Workshop on Quail Brush Power Plant

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center will host forum on the proposal at 5 p.m. March 22.

The California Energy Commission has announced a local workshop March 22 on the Quail Brush Generation Project, known to critics as the Santee Power Plant.

“The purpose of the workshop is to continue developing a dialogue between staff, members of the public and agencies interested in the proposed project,” said the public notice. “All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate.”

At the forum—which will be available live via conference call—staff will explain the Energy Commission’s power plant site certification process which is a certified regulatory program—similar to an environmental impact report, or EIR, under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Presentations will be made on air quality, biological resources, cultural resources, land use, public health, socioeconomics, soil resources, traffic and transportation, visual resources, water resources and worker safety and fire protection, said the notice.

“After each presentation, staff will answer questions from the public … or government agencies. Although the workshop agenda provides for discussion of these technical areas based upon the public comment received to date, the public and interested agencies are welcome to inquire about any environmental area or aspect of the project.”

The March 22 workshop starts at 5 p.m. at the theater in the Mission Trails Visitor Center, 1 Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Diego.

The WebEx and conference call-in-toll-free number is 866-469-3239 (access code: 491 286 899). The meeting password is: meeting@5

Lorrie Smith March 23, 2012 at 05:26 AM
You have to be kidding! I have lived here in the West end of Santee for over 40 years, and hike almost daily in Mission Trails. We have the expanded dump causing ground water issues, excessive truck traffic, noise pollution, and now your going to add a power plant? Rediculous, and wrong. Not to mention endangered species such as Lichanura trivirgata (Rosy Boas) and Bufo californicus (Arroyo toads)n in that area. Why do you guys keep planning things like this in Santee. No honorable biologist would sign off on a project like this. Sadly I'm sure one of your bought and paid for guys will do it. L. Smith
Motivated Santee Citizen March 23, 2012 at 05:39 AM
Why was this meeting in an obscure location at the visitor center instead of West Hills High auditorium? Why not a weekend instead of 5 p.m. on a weekday when most people are still in transit home from work?
Batman March 23, 2012 at 03:14 PM
If Santee doesn't want this plant then build it here in La Mesa. Blackouts are predicted this summer if San Onofre is not fixed. La Mesa's industrial center would be a fine place for the peaker plant. The old Whittaker Corporation property, now owned by MTDB, could be redeveloped by the city and sold to SDG&E. It is not close to an SDG&E transmission line, but who cares! The power could be put directly into La Mesa's distribution grid and we will be lit up this summer while Santee is in the dark
Komfort March 23, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Has Ray Lutz offered an opinion yet? This plant is a direct result of renewable energy schemes. Save the world, one peaker plant at a time.

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