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New Comments on Record for Quail Brush Power Project

Comments from local residents, Van Collinsworth with Preserve Wild Santee, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Santee show different angles on the project.

Four written "comments on the record" were uploaded to the Quail Brush Power Plant informational site run by the CA Energy Commission on Friday. These include comments from local residents, with and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The City of Santee also submitted an official comment on the project with a detailed list of issues they would like to see addressed; because of it's length, it is published in another story, download the entire City of Santee comment here.

Other comments that were read into the record can be , and the resolution of .

If you's like to submit comments for the record dealing with this project, send an email to dockets@energy.state.ca.us.

Here are the comments:

Van Collinsworth, Preserve Wild Santee

I would like to add an an initial comment for the Administrative Record-

The site proposed should be a component of a Quino checkerspot butterfly Recovery Unit. The site proposed functions as a refuge for people from urban disturbance and is within the midst of an expansion area for Mission Trails Regional Park.

It is one of the few places near high population density that creates a healthy balance from urban sites. The Project is not appropriate for this location and the existing land use.

Please be sure there are feasible alternative sites considered for this Project — including a feasible No Project Alternative that considers conservation strategies.

Thank you,
Van K. Collinsworth, M.A.
Resource Analyst/Executive Director
Preserve Wild Santee

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San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

Good evening Commissioners, my name is Mike Nagy, representing the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

We represent more than 2,600 member businesses and are actively involved in advocating for projects and policies that benefit our region. We thank you for this opportunity to weigh in on Cogentrix Energy's Quail Brush Project.

Cogentrix Energy gave a presentation to our Energy and Water Committee several months ago. While the Chamber has not yet formally supported the Quail Brush Project, the Committee was very supportive of the project and its outreach to the local community.

Historically, the Chamber supports energy projects that improve the region's reliability.

We believe, projects like Quail Brush, are necessary and important to the region's energy security.

Our businesses depend on a reliable power supply void of disruptions because even a brief outage could be very costly to our economy. Natural gas peaker plants allow us to use clean power without experiencing any negative effects related to intermittency.

The project also creates temporary and permanent jobs, which is very important given that San Diego's unemployment rate remains above 9 percent.

Thus, the Chamber asks the CEC to move the Quail Brush Project further along the approval process.

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Robert Hingtgen, resident of San Diego

Thank you for the presentation at Mission Trails Park yesterday and this opportunity to comment on this proposed project.

I was somewhat pleasantly surprised yesterday when you informed the public that the preferred POI is now the Carlton Hills substation as I would be opposed to any infrastructure being placed in Spring Canyon or on the surrounding slopes. Spring Canyon is a very popular recreational corridor and very important wildlife corridor.

Any infrastructure proposed here would have significant construction and operational impactds on these attributes with respect to public access, lighting, noise, aesthetics, and fire hazards. Spring Canyon is for all practical purposes an extension of Mission Trails and any development here would confict with long term plans to incorporate this area and land to the north into Mission Trails. An updated project layout figure should be made available online.

However, the Carlton Hills substation is also located on an important recreational route leading north into Sycamore Canyon. Both aboveground and underground new transmission facilities needed for this new preferred POI and any expansion of the Carlton Hills substation should also be fully evaluated with respect to recreational access, noise, lighting, aesthetics and fire hazards. Both preferred and alternative locations for all components of the proposed project must be disclosed and fully evaluated.

Alternatives to the project or location which are capable of avoiding or substantially lessening any significant impacts of the project, even if they would impede the attainment of project objectives or would be more costly, must be fully evaluated, considered and disclosed to the public.

A Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory and report should be developed to determine whether the project would
result in a significant impact and if so, what, if any, mitigation measures are feasible.

As the proposed project is located in a hazardous wildfire area, a Fire Protection Plan should be developed as a
technical report at this stage of planning in order to fully inform the public in regards to this issue.

Thank you,
Robert Hingtgen, resident of San Diego

rudy reyes January 29, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I have officially asked to be a "intervener" on project regarding Archaeological resources and Culturally significant cite which is on the proposed plant cite. Their is a Archaeological site located on plant cite and the historic dam which was built by local native Americans is less then 500 yards from proposed cite! If their is any culturally or archaeological resources found the cite may fall under federal preservation laws and may need to be repatriated under NAGPRA. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), Pub. L. 101-601, 25 U.S.C. 3001 et seq., 104 Stat. 3048, is a United States federal law passed on 16 November 1990 requiring federal agencies and institutions that receive federal funding[1] to return Native American "cultural items" to their respective peoples. Cultural items include human remains, funerary objects, sacred objects, and objects of cultural patrimony. In addition, the Act establishes a program of federal grants to assist in the repatriation process and authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to assess civil penalties on museums that fail to comply. It is now the strongest federal legislation pertaining to aboriginal remains and artifacts. I will keep you involved in response from CEC.
Bill Cooper January 29, 2012 at 05:02 PM
This project should be located adjacent to the current landfill to avoid further blight and minimize area impact. The road infrastructure is in place, it is extremely close to the power grid, easy access to methane gas created by decomposing materials in the landfill, and minimal impact on the area's delicate flora and fawna. It could leverage a partnership with the EPA's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) for potential funding assistance and 'green' benefits and better serve the entire community. http://www.epa.gov/lmop/documents/pdfs/lmopbro.pdf
rudy reyes January 29, 2012 at 05:23 PM
bill the future is in self sufferance! solar, wind, water! this project is a eco-nighmare! not a single renewable idea used in the project at all! 100,000,000 gallons of water use a month! A 50's outdated solution to a 2010 problem! SDGE is doing this project to continue our county dependence on sdge!
Alan Stuart February 03, 2012 at 07:02 PM
You are right Rudy! 100%!! Renewables NOW!!
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Mike Nagy representing the San Diego Chamber? I'm sure your position would be different if a power plant were to be put right next to YOUR kids school.
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