Joining seven other cities in the San Gabriel Valley, the Baldwin Park and West Covina city councils have voted unanimously to oppose a proposed waste-to-energy plant in Irwindale.
"We have had our share of contaminants," Baldwin Park Mayor Jack White said. The council wants to make sure that the city remains suitable for residential uses, White said.
The Irwindale plant, proposed by Pacific Waste Management Corp. of Newport Beach, would burn 3,000 tons of trash a day and generate enough electricity to serve approximately 40,000 homes.
Baldwin Park's city staff has been instructed to apply for intervenor status in hearings on the proposed plant before the California Energy Commission, said Dick Smith, director of community services for Baldwin Park.