County to consider supporting Sempra

September 10, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider adopting a resolution in support of one of the two power plants to be built and operated in the Mexicali area.

The board meeting is set for 9:30 a.m. at the county Administration Center, 940 W. Main St. in El Centro.

Supervisor Wally Leimgruber said this morning he will ask fellow board members to approve a resolution in support of San Diego-based Sempra Energy's efforts to build a power plant south of the border.

The other plant is being built by InterGen Energy of Boston.

Both companies have obtained permits from the Mexican government to build and operate the plants, which are expected to provide energy to about 600,000 homes in California.

Leimgruber said based on information provided by Sempra he is confident the company is including proper air-emission controls in the facility to assure air quality is not hurt.


Leimgruber said he is waiting to see similar documentation by InterGen before deciding whether to support its power plant.

There has been growing concern in the Imperial Valley about the effect the two plants would have on local air quality.

Officials from both companies have said they are taking steps to protect air quality.

In other actions Tuesday, the board will hear a request from county Sheriff Harold Carter to spend nearly $1.8 million to upgrade security at the county jail.

Leimgruber said a study was done on the jail that indicates upgrades are needed to maintain proper security.

In addition, Supervisor Joe Maruca will call on the board to discuss and take possible action related to preventing voter fraud in the Imperial Valley.

The board Tuesday also will continue working on the county budget for the coming year.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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