Mexicali power plants on county agenda

April 02, 2001|By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing to discuss the potential impacts to Imperial County from the building of two power generating plants in the Mexicali area.

The board meets in open session at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. The public hearing is at 1 p.m.

A report submitted to the board by county Air Pollution Control Officer Stephen Birdsall warns of the potential health impacts from the two plants and suggests there might be another two plants being considered, including a coal-fired plant.

The report states the "power plants pose a serious threat to the health of citizens on both sides of the border and to the economy of the Imperial Valley."


Birdsall has urged the county to make its concerns known at the state and federal levels to preclude the potential damage: to public health and the economy; public health due to nitrogen oxides, the economy because if the county is determined to be a serious nonattainment area for ozone — up from the current moderate nonattainment area — reduced permissible levels of emissions could restrict local growth.

Several supervisors have expressed concerns about the plants.

In other business, the board:

l is expected to present a plaque to the city of Calexico on that city's 93rd anniversary;

l will be asked to declare April 8-14 as national communications week;

l is scheduled to discuss and possibly approve the county's participation in the California state fair.

Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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