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Brawley council asked to join pipeline litigation

March 11, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — County Air Pollution Control Officer Stephen L. Birdsall has asked the City Council here to join in litigation against the environmental impact report done for the North Baja Pipeline project under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The council will vote whether to join in the litigation during a meeting Tuesday night. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

In a letter to Brawley City Manager Jerry Santillan, Birdsall states, "The county believes that the evaluation of the air-quality impacts tied to the two power plants being built in Mexico are inadequate and severely understate these impacts.

"As you know, InterGen still intends on operating two units without the necessary control devices to reduce nitrous oxides and carbon monoxide," the letter states.

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"The county believes that, contrary to what North Baja Pipeline states, the contractual agreement between NBP and the power plants can be conditional to require that natural gas will only be supplied to plants meeting certain air-quality standards," the letter states

In other city business, the council with take action on a resolution that would authorize an agreement with B.J. Engineering and Surveying, Inc. for drainage and street improvements to Malan and Norman streets and the Schellenberger Drain.

The city received $814,000 from the state housing administration's Community Development Block Grant program for the street repairs. The city will add $50,000 from Measure D funds.

Malan Street will be improved from South Eastern Avenue to Highway 111, Norman Street will be improved entirely and the Schellenberger Drain will be pipelined from Main Street to the north property line of the airport.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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