PALMDALE – Lancaster city officials are again spreading misinformation about the Palmdale Power Plant, according to the City of Palmdale. In the latest installment to its Fact vs. Fiction series, Palmdale refutes the Lancaster mayor’s claim that the Palmdale Power Plant will “threaten the mission of Air Force Plant 42.”
It’s just another in a stream of “ridiculous statements” being thrown out by Lancaster leaders “with the hope that something will stick,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. Read the latest press release below:
Fact vs. Fiction, Part 5 – Facts Refute Lancaster Officials Claims of Job Losses at Plant 42
PALMDALE – A key component of the ongoing misinformation campaign led by R. Rex Parris and Marvin Crist against the Palmdale Power Plant has been fear – fear of killing children, fear of imaginary six mile high clouds of pollution that float over schools and soccer fields, and fear of job losses at Air Force Plant 42.
In their effort to thwart the Palmdale Power Plant, which has been permitted by both the California Energy Commission (CEC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Parris sent a letter to then-Plant Commander Lt. Co. Ron Cleave stating that “if the proposed Palmdale Power Plant is approve and built, it will limit and threaten the mission of Air Force Plant 42, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing by severely curtaining future expansion options.”
Parris also requested that the hearings for the power plant “be suspended until the Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing can evaluate the impacts on their future plans and operations.”
The FACT is the Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing DID evaluate the impacts on their future plans and operations and wrote this in their letter to the CEC: “after review and analysis of the placement, and air quality rules, regarding the planned Palmdale Hybrid Power Plant project, we, the Air Force and our Plant 42 contractors, Boeing, Lockheed Marin and Northrop Grumman, are unable to identify any issues or impacts to our current programs and operations at Air Force Plant 42.
According to the CEC’s Final Decision, Air Quality 6.2-33, “the Department of the Air Force and Plant 42 contractors (Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman) submitted an official statement…to the effect that they have not identified any issues or impacts to their programs and operations at Plant 42 from the PHPP.”
Furthermore, the CEC report states that “the record reflects that the U.S. Air Force Plant 42 has been consulted and participated in the PHPP throughout the AFC process.”
Crist, who is credited with dreaming up the mythical traveling six-mile high plume that kills children, is quoted in the Antelope Valley Press as telling the AVAQMD board that “we are sacrificing the mission of Air Force Plant 42.”
Not more than a month after Crist’s “prophesy,” the Los Angeles Times reported that the Pentagon’s weapon’s buyer Ashton Carter visited Palmdale and met with Northrop, Boeing and Lockheed executives about the military’s plans to build a fleet of radar-evading, long range bombers that are slated to be ready for the mid 2020’s.
“If it’s not one thing, it’s the other,” said Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford. “Sometimes they say six mile high plume is going to hover over soccer fields and kill kids. Sometimes they say the power plant is going to kill minorities in East Lancaster. Sometimes they say the power plant is going to kill jobs at Plant 42. They keep throwing out ridiculous statements with the hope that something will stick. The problem is all the science, all the studies, all the evaluation and all the testing done by the CEC and EPA have shown that this project is in full compliance with all health and air quality regulations, which in California, are the highest standards in the world.”
“It is amazing that despite unprecedented environmental review on the Palmdale Power Plant that these guys would criticize it and predict gloom and doom,” added Ledford. “Yet, these same two propose a wind turbine over 30 stories tall at 7th Street West and Avenue L with the possibility of adding two more with minimal public review!”
For more information on the Palmdale Power Plant, visit www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palmdale.
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