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Santee School Board Shows Concern Over Quail Brush Power Plant

A letter to the CEC says the board has "grave concerns... primarily due to the unknown impact of emissions on the health and safety of students and staff."

The stepped into the fray over the Quail Brush Power Plant on Thursday by sending a letter to the California Energy Commission (CEC) expressing concerns about the proposed plant's proximity to schools under their jurisdiction.

According to the letter, the board has "grave concerns... primarily due to the unknown impact of emissions on the health and safety of students and staff."

The board has not formally shown opposition to the project, the letter said the Santee School Board will vote on a "resolution to formally oppose construction of the power plant" at the .

The Santee School District joins the ranks of the , , (), many politicians, environmental groups and other community leaders that have written to the CEC with concerns about the 100-megawatt gas-powered power plant that is proposed to be constructed in the hills just north of Santee. Most recently the applicant has appealed the to deny initiation of the city's approval process.

Here is the letter:

RE: Quail Brush Generation Project Application for Certification Docket No. 11-AFC-3

Dear Commissioner Douglas:

Quail Brush Genco, LLC (Quail Brush) has submitted an application for Certification to the California Energy Commission (CEC) for the construction and operation of a 100-megawatt electrical generating facility. The proposed location of the power plant is on a visually prominent hillside at the eastern border of the City of San Diego, adjacent to the City of Santee.

The Santee School District Board of Education has grave concerns regarding the construction of the plant, primarily due to the unknown impact of emissions on the health and safety of students and staff. In addition, the Board understands construction of the plant could negatively impact property values in the Santee community.

Information included in the application shows the power plant to consist of 11 exhaust stacks, each 100 feet in height, an 18-foot high radiator stack, a 22-foot high urea tank, a 20-foot high used oil
tank, a 20-foot high new oil tank, a 30-foot high fire water tank, assorted exhaust vents, and a two story building housing the generator bank in the City of San Diego. The impact of the power plant may be negligible to the City of San Diego; however, it is great to Santee.

The Board has made repeated requests to Quail Brush representatives for information regarding the health impacts of such a plant and for visual renderings. Quail Brush has failed to respond to the Board’s requests, instead suggesting that the Board wait for findings from the CEC and/or wait to learn of possible negative impacts until community workshops are held.

Due to the close proximity of three Santee schools to the proposed power plant site and the possible negative impact on Santee students, the Board can wait no longer. The Santee Board of Education will be voting on a resolution to formally oppose construction of the Quail Brush Power Plant at its to be held on September 4, 2012.

Respectfully,

[Signed by the Santee School Board members]

Read more about the Quail Brush Power Project

Eid F. August 31, 2012 at 02:37 AM
To All Concerned – The Santee School Board and especially Board President Dan Bartholomew should be praised for putting the children, faculty and residents ahead of Cogentrix’s financial interest. The Citizens of Santee voted in 2006 to pass Prop R that would provide millions of dollars of funding to modernize and improve our schools, you can see the progress all around the city. In my opinion, this power plant contradicts the goals and objectives of the Modernization Program and greatly puts our health and property values at risk. Having a 100MW plant spewing tons of toxic emissions in our neighborhoods and near our schools is a horrible idea and anyone that would support placing a power plant within feet of our schools is not acting in the best interest of our schools or residents. I look forward to the passing of a resolution opposing the Quail Brush Power Plant. Eid Fakhouri, CPA Vice-Chair Independent Citizens Oversight Committee – Prop R
Santee Homeowner August 31, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Since when did the parent company of Cogentrix care about something as trivial as giving the West end of Santee cancer? They just stole a Nation's entire home equity, then turned around and bet against their own clients in the options markets. Killing a few seniors and children on their march to global domination of energy markets is no big deal. Wake up people! The bankrupt State of California selling pollution credits to Goldman Sachs is what you are looking at here. Makes you feel warm and fuzzy doesn't it, knowing a bureaucratic agency like the CEC will be protecting our health and property values. Here is a great example of what we have to look forward to http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/10827
Santee Homeowner August 31, 2012 at 02:41 PM
One more thing to consider is the proponents that have publicly come forward cite the need for grid stability, this is ignorant. Dependence on a single source for anything is just plain stupid, this is why hospitals and sensitive facilities have their own back up generators. Our grid is increasingly at risk for disruption daily because of earthquakes, weather events, human error and God forbid terrorism. Everyone needs to be installing at minimum supplemental small off-grid PV solar generators, the prices for these things are dropping by the week. All you need is a couple of solar panels, a few golf cart batteries, a simple charge controller and a motorhome DC to AC inverter, about $1,500.00! http://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/article/20120827/NEWS01/208270304/Is-nation-s-power-grid-open-attack do it yourself PV solar supplemental power generator about $2k for this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WDZISfOtfc
rudy reyes August 31, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I would like to thank the Santee school board for standing up for the health of the community against this atrocity! We advocates of the community against the Quail Brush project needed to literally force Santee council to take a stance, Maypr was ready to give in!! We fought to get the city of san diego with us and now the community is coming around!!! We Will Not Allow Our Future to Be Jeopardized!!! We Will Stand Against This Power Plant!!
just my opinion September 01, 2012 at 04:35 AM
GREAT LETTER!!!!
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Sandy September 12, 2012 at 02:38 AM
UPDATE: On September 4, the Santee School District Board voted 4-1 to formally oppose the Quail Brush Generation Project. Excellent decision for the health of our community. The applicant CoGentrix stated they were improving things by lowering the heights to 70' - WRONG! That keeps the pollution further trapped in the Santee valley. The lone dissenting vote from Barbara Ryan was cast based, she said, on a "we need energy" argument; however, even the CPUC says we are at overcapacity for power and "all set" even for hot summer months and with San Onofre permanently closed! (The "need" here is really for CoGentrix shareholder profits, imo.)
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