LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster remains opposed to the Palmdale Power Plant because it will produce 546 tons of pollutants every year, which would impact Lancaster’s elementary schools, workplaces and residential areas. So says Lancaster Councilmember Marvin Crist. Crist presented detailed information to support his claims at the Lancaster city council meeting Tuesday night. Towards the end of his 15-minute presentation, Crist outlined the “misinformation” he said was being spread by Palmdale officials regarding the power plant. According to Crist:
- Palmdale officials said the power plant would be owned and operated by the city of Palmdale, but the power plant was actually sold to Summit Power Group.
- The city of Palmdale invested $35 million into the power plant, but sold it for only $28 million.
- Palmdale officials said the venture would reduce residents’ electric bills, but there is no legal mechanism in place to do so.
- Palmdale officials claim the power plant is “clean,” when the plant will actually produce 546 tons of pollutants annually, making it the “largest stationary polluter in the Antelope Valley.”
- Palmdale officials said the power plant will be located in north central Palmdale, when the power plant is actually 60 feet from the Lancaster city border.
“They’ve located this power plant on the front door steps of the city of Lancaster, that’s why your city representatives are against this,” Crist said. For details on Crist’s presentation, view the full 15-minute video above. (Video courtesy city of Lancaster’s website.) Previous related stories: