PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District (AVAQMD) staff recommends the adoption of a resolution to approve inter-district and inter-basin transfer of offsets for the Palmdale Power Plant project at the Dec. 17 board meeting, according to the staff report. (Read the report here)
AVAQMD staff recommends the adoption of the resolution under Health & Safety Code (H&S Code) §40709.6 to approve the transfer of certain offsets credited and registered within the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) and the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District (SJVUAPCD) to the AVAQMD for applicant Palmdale Energy, LLC for potential use as offsetting emissions.
“This transfer is a fairly routine procedure and one that has occurred 17 times before in the history of the AVAQMD,” said Palmdale’s Public Works Director Mike Mischel. “It brings us one step closer to beginning construction on the power plant and bringing 800 construction jobs and millions of dollars into the local economy, along with a reliable and clean source of energy.”
The AVAQMD staff report states: “As part of the licensing process the CEC made extensive analysis of the effect of the [Palmdale Hybrid Power Project] PHPP upon both the public health and the local economy which was memorialized in affirmative findings of fact and conclusions of law on each issue (Section VI. Public Health and Safety, and Section VIII. Local Impact Assessment – Socioeconomics, Final Commission Decision pg. 6.1 et seq. and 8.3 et seq.) Therefore, the transfer and ultimate use of these ERCs for the PHPP is expected to comply with all applicable health and safety, air and water quality standards as well as to provide a degree of regional economic benefits.”
The AVAQMD resolution, by which the transfer of credits becomes official, states that the AVAQMD “finds that construction and operation of the project as mitigated by the implementation of the Conditions of Certification contained in the CEC’s Final Commission Decision will ensure the protection of environmental quality and that the PHPP project will neither result in, nor contribute substantially to, any significant direct, indirect or cumulative adverse environmental impacts. As such the Governing Board of the Antelope Valley Air Quality Management District concurs with the CEC’s Final Commission Decision and hereby adopts the applicable Conditions of Certification as its own and incorporates them herein.”
The Palmdale Power Plant is hailed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as “the cleanest power plant ever permitted,” according to a Palmdale City news release.
It will provide the County of Los Angeles with $6 million dollars in tax revenue annually, 4 to 6 miles of paved roads, a $20 million dollar trunk line to connect the Palmdale and Lancaster recycled water systems, 35 permanent high paying jobs at the power plant, dozens of indirect jobs as a result of the power plant’s operations, $5 million infused into the local economy annually, and enable older and dirtier power plants to be taken offline, according to city officials.
For more information on the Palmdale Power Plant, please visit www.cityofpalmdale.org.
(Information via press release from the city of Palmdale.)