“It’s frustrating because the community is being portrayed as crybabies,” said Elizabeth Hall, [Ladera Hope's] spokeswoman. “We are up in arms because there will be toxic emissions and toxic ammonia housed on the site in an 18.000-gallon drum.”
Ladera Hope, a nonprofit advocating for Ladera Ranch residents, filed a lawsuit against the county, its planning commission, and a power plant developer, saying recent approval for a 46-megawatt power plant on the outskirts of Ladera Ranch violates civil rights and environmental laws and may jeopardize health and safety in the area. The lawsuit was filed in OC Superior Court on the last day in a 30-day procedural window. The group, which has enlisted the support of the area’s County Supervisor, Pat Bates, has collected more than 3,000 signatures in opposition to the proposed power plant.
Now San Diego Gas & Electric, the electricity provider for Ladera Ranch and other nearby South County communities, says that this power plant is badly needed. They say that due to increased demand for power and limited supply in the area, this is the only way that SDG&E can continue to have enough electricity to power South County. Without this power plant, SDG&E says the area will have to face future shortages & blackouts due to lack of adequate supply.
So who’s right here? What do you think about this controversial power plant? Will public health and environmental health be threatened by this polluting power plant? Or is this the only way to supply the power South County badly needs? Is it unfair to force this unpopular plant upon Ladera Ranch residents? Or is this just the consequence of all the population growth in South County?
I want to hear what you have to say about this row over the new power plant. Is SDG&E in the right, or should the courts side with Ladera Ranch residents in stopping the power plant? Go ahead and have your say.