Challenge of transmission lines meeting set by county

December 17, 2001|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors, functioning as the county Air Pollution Control District board, has scheduled a special meeting for Tuesday to decide how to challenge a permit issued for transmission lines connecting power plants in Mexicali to the California power grid.

The proposed transmission lines will cross into the southern part of Imperial County and will import electricity from Boston-based Intergen Aztec Energy's La Rosita plant and San Diego-based Sempra Energy Resources' Termoelectrica de Mexicali plant.

The Air Pollution Control District estimates Sempra's and Intergen's turbines will produce 3,367 tons of nitrogen oxide per year.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, nitrogen oxide is a major contributor to ground-level ozone and nitrate particles, leading to serious respiratory problems.

The presidential permit for the transmission lines was issued two weeks ago.

In other business at its regular meeting Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to approve an increase of $360,700 to the Workforce Investment Board's welfare-to-work budget.


The additional money is needed to cover services until April while the WIB re-releases welfare-to-work bid proposals. The original bid proposals were the subject of contention when representatives from some of the agencies competing for the award money said they did not think the evaluation process was fair.

The supervisors suggested the WIB redo the bidding process to avoid the appearance of conflict in the decision-making process.

The board also is scheduled to discuss and possibly take action on:

· awarding the Heber essential services building project to Duggins Construction, which submitted the lowest bid at $1,623,858;

· awarding a $674,970 construction contract to Coffman Specialties, Inc., of San Diego, for a concrete bridge to be built on Brandt Road across the New River;

· approving appointees to the Bard Resources Conservation District and the county's Child Care Local Planning Council.

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: There will not be meetings Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.

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