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Opposing future power plants on Board of Supervisors agenda

November 12, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

County Supervisor Joe Maruca plans to bring a resolution opposing future border power plants in Mexico to the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Emissions from the power plants would contribute to ozone pollution, 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 two plants, by San Diego-based Sempra Energy Resources and InterGen Aztec Energy of Boston, are being built to provide electrical power to Mexico and California.

Maruca delayed the resolution last week because he wanted to reword it to include condemning a natural gas pipeline that would serve the power plants. The pipeline is being built along the Mexico-Imperial County border.

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Maruca said any additional pollution at the border is too much.

The board may also approve:

· funding $2,601,281 worth of contracts with youth service providers for the Workforce Investment Board,

· awarding $750,000 for the Agriculture Commissioner's Office new wing addition,

· additional work on an agreement to study bighorn sheep for $15,000 with Science Application International Corp. of San Diego.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at: www.imperialcounty.net

>> Staff Writer Laura Mitchell can be reached at 337-3452 or la_mitchel1@yahoo.com

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