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Last Minute Claims Made By Water Official Regarding Power Plant Being Questioned
States Rate Would Go Down If Power Plant With 90 Feet Stacks Is Approved Next to Homes and Restaurants
ANAHEIM, Calif. (December 6, 2013) — Today the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce submitted a request under the California Public Records Act to obtain a copy the Water Rate Study that was conducted related to a proposed 300-600 Megawatt Power Plant along the Santa Ana River on in the city of Anaheim. The request was prompted by comments made by the Orange County Water District’s General Manager Michael Markus at Tuesday’s Fullerton City Council meeting. Mr. Markus stated that rate would be lower, as much as 10 percent, if the Water District were to approve the power plant lease.
“We were surprised to see that Orange County Water District staff now claim that rates would definitely go down if they approve a power plant on Monday. He indicated the rate would go down between five to 10 percent. We find it very questionable that given all the opposition to the lease, that now just a few days before the scheduled vote, he would make such a claim,” said Todd Ament, president and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. “Water rate studies are typically conducted prior to any suggested rate adjustment, so it’s important that our community have an opportunity to review the study Mr. Markus used to make such a statement.”
The Orange County Water District is expected to vote on a potential long-term lease on land that they own, which would allow an out-of state company to build and operate a power plant along Ball Road bordering the cities of Anaheim and Orange. The proposed site is within 985 feet of a residential neighborhood in Anaheim, and less than 1,000 feet away from the Stadium Promenade in the city of Orange. The Stadium Promenade consists of a multi-screen movie theater and several restaurants including Kings Fish House, Prime Cut and the Lazy Dog Restaurant.
“Opposition to the power plant lease continues to expand,” said Ament. “Just this week Assembly Members Travis Allen, Tom Daly, Diane Harkey, Sharon Quirk-Silva and Don Wagner joined State Senators Lou Correa and Bob Huff in expressing their oppositions. We are hopeful that the voting members of the water district will reject this unsolicited proposal.”
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