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Friday, March 30, 2012

Santee City Council Votes to Oppose Quail Brush Power Plant Project

Friday, March 30, 2012

At its March 28 meeting, the Santee city council voted unanimously to oppose the proposed siting of the Quail Brush Genco LLC Generation Power Plant in a visually prominent location proximate to Santee’s western gateway.

Quail Brush Genco LLC has submitted an application to the California Energy Commission for the construction and operation of a 100-megawatt electrical generating power plant within the city of San Diego’s jurisdiction. The power plant is proposed to be located just outside the city of Santee’s jurisdiction on
a regionally and visually prominent hillside proximate to Santee’s western gateway and would include 11 exhaust stacks, each 100 feet in height, an 18-foot high radiator stack, a 22-foot high urea tank, a 20-foot high used oil tank, a 20-foot high new oil tank, a 30-foot high fire water tank, assorted exhaust vents and a two-story building housing a generator bank.

The city of Santee’s General Plan addresses the minimization of land use conflicts in adjacent areas, and seeks to protect vacant land in the East Elliot area along the city’s western boundary as part of a regional biological preserve system. The Community Enhancement Element of the General Plan strives to strengthen the gateways into the city by seeking to preserve the high quality scenic viewshed visible from the western entry along State Route 52.

The city council formally opposed the current proposed location and design of the Power Plant unless and until all effects of the proposal are fully disclosed, analyzed and mitigated with measures that reduce the effects to the level of insignificance in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act.

For additional information on the proposed project visit the city’s web site.

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