Surfrider and Coastkeeper File Desal Suit

by The Editors on September 19, 2008

We were wrong when we said the Poseidon Resources Inc. desalination plant had cleared it’s last hurdle on August 22, 2008. Now the San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation have filed a lawsuit in Superior Court “in an attempt to force another review of a proposed seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad,” according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The lawsuit against the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board claims the agency did not ensure the best site, technology and design for the facility. “What we are trying to do is make sure that all of the analysis goes on so that we get the best plant possible,” said Gabriel Solmer, Coastkeeper’s legal director.

We hate to admit it, but we kind of like seeing the project faced with more hurdles.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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san diegan September 19, 2008 at 1:04 pm

well, i’m glad to hear that you’re glad to see another hurdle. you know encinas power was shut down because it’s open ocean intake valves were ruled (by the supreme court) hazardous to the environment. They will suck in 300M gallons of water from the lagoon (a very precious environmental location to begin with) and spit back out higher concentrated salinated water into your own backyard. i sure hope you dont want this. thing is, IRWMP is testing IPR very soon so we could have a cheaper, more efficient and less environmentally hazzardous way of creating water. desal doesnt have to be bad- sub surface desal is a great idea. but the politics around getting water from any way possible… it only disincents better technologies. i sure hope the court (which banned once through cooling for power plants) can stick to their guns and avoid the politics here.

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