OC desalination project dead in the water after Coastal Commission votes to reject project

This May 2, photo shows the AES Huntington Beach Energy Center in Huntington Beach, the proposed site of the Poseidon Huntington Beach Seawater Desalination Plant that was rejected by the California Coastal Commission Thursday, May 12. The highly contested project has been debated for more than two decades. AP photo/Damian Dovarganes photo
The California Coastal Commission unanimously rejected the Poseidon desalination project proposed for Huntington Beach. Had the commission approved the project, Orange County could have moved to build a seaside plant to convert salt water from the Pacific into drinking water.The debate, which has lasted for more than two decades, would have provided much needed water to help fight drought like the one now gripping the stateThe $1.4 billion proposal by Poseidon Water was given a critical review Thursday, May 12, by the California Coastal Commission, which is tasked with protecting California’s scenic shores. The unanimous vote occurred later in the day.Poseidon and its supporters, including Gov. Gavin Newsom, contend the Huntington Beach plant will produce 50 million gallons o
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