answer. Huntington Beach has done more than its share in shouldering
the burden for California and Orange County. It is home to the AES
power plant, which provides power to a broad area while Surf City
residents bear the sight and billowing black smoke.
It is home to the Orange County Sanitation District and its
outfall pipe, where waste for a large part of the county goes to be
treated and dumped off Surf City's coastline.
Now Poseidon Resources Corp. proposes that a desalination plant be
built next to AES, up the road from the sanitation district. But Surf
City has done its part, and its beaches and residents have suffered
It is time to let someone else be the guinea pig. Research is
still underway on desalination and its effects on the ocean, water
quality and marine life. There are other plants in California,
Florida and Alaska but it is still too soon to know the true
consequences of those plants.
The ocean water at that end of the city is already among the most
contaminated in the state, frequently closed for high levels of
bacteria. Taking the salt out of that water won't make it potable and
regurgitating extra salinity and whatever else won't improve beach
While it may seem like a perfect fit to the Poseidon folks, with
AES already sucking in millions of gallons of water, it does not at
all seem like a perfect fit for the city.
It is time to give Surf City residents a break -- especially those
in the south. A topic dump, power plant and sanitation district are
quite enough for one neighborhood.
City officials need to look out for the city's best interest and
tell Poseidon to find another guinea pig. No property tax will be
worth what a desalination plant potentially could bring.
The city is trying to promote Huntington Beach as a resort
vacation destination and another industrial plant won't help that