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Supervisors want say on power plant

December 19, 2007|Jean-Paul Renaud

The county Board of Supervisors will ask the California Energy Commission to deem it "an interested party" in the controversial power plant proposed for Vernon and under consideration by the state.

The interested-party status, opposed Tuesday solely by Supervisor Mike Antonovich, would allow county officials to participate in hearings, as well as produce and interview witnesses as the state conducts an environmental review of the 914-megawatt plant.

Clean-air groups say the natural-gas-powered plant would adversely affect the largely low-income neighborhoods of southeast Los Angeles County. Vernon city officials say the facility would help prevent power outages and would be environmentally sound.

-- Jean-Paul Renaud

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