The county Board of Supervisors is divided over what message it wants to send to Mexico concerning two power plants and a natural gas pipeline being built in Mexico along the Imperial County-Mexico border.
Emissions from the power plants would contribute to ozone pollution in Imperial County, posing a serious threat to the health of people on both sides of the border, stated a report last spring from county Air Pollution Control Officer Steve Birdsall.
The report also stated pollution from the plants would hurt the economy of Imperial County, which is under pressure from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reduce air pollution. The EPA has the power to restrict local growth until pollution is reduced.
Supervisors said yesterday they are talking with representatives of the two plants, a 600-megawatt power plant being built by San Diego-based Sempra Energy International and a 750-megawatt plant being built by Boston-based InterGen Aztec Energy.