The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday passed a resolution stating that all generation facilities planned for construction in the Mexicali Valley "take heed of warnings expressed by citizens on both sides of the border and by regulatory authorities in California regarding negative impacts on air quality resulting from such construction, as currently under way or planned."
The board's action came at the request of county Air Pollution Control Officer, Stephen Birdsall, who made a brief presentation on the issue. The resolution was adopted on a 4-0 vote, with Division 5 Director Rudy Maldonado absent.
The resolution goes on to urge power companies to use the best available control technology, at a minimum, when building power plants, and to obtain emission offsets. Offsets are reductions of emissions equal to any new amounts created by the new power plants. Offsets are required in the Imperial Valley.
In other business, the board was supplied with copies of the recently released draft environmental impact report for the pending water transfer to San Diego. Copies are working their way to the public and will eventually be available in local libraries and through the IID's public affairs office, as well as online.