For immediate release: November 7, 2001
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989
Energy Commission Announces Withdrawal
of South Gate Power Plant Proposal
Sacramento - The Nueva Azalea Power Plant Project Application for Certification has been withdrawn from the California Energy Commission by EM-One Power Station, LLC.
The notice sent to the California Energy Commission on Monday, November 5, 2001 did not give a reason for the withdrawal. However, the project faced a variety of issues, including: air quality, socioeconomics (including environmental justice), public health, traffic and transportation, soil and water resources, transmission system engineering and visual resources. In addition, South Gate voters turned down a referendum on the 550-megawatt project earlier this year.
The city of Downey opposed the project on the grounds that pollution from the plant would blow over Downey 80-percent of the time, affecting several schools, Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall and the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center (hospital).
The Nueva Azalea Power Plant Project, as originally envisioned by the applicant, was a 550-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle generating facility. The proposed project location was a 13.5-acre site at the eastern edge of South Gate's city limits.
The withdrawal of the Nueva Azalea application brings the total to eight power plant proposals withdrawn from the Energy Commission this year, representing 1,591 megawatts. Twenty power plants remain in various stages of the Energy Commission's approval process, representing 11,600 megawatts.