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Mailbag: H.B. needs to act now against Poseidon

June 26, 2013

This post has been corrected. See note below.

Last week the Independent featured two articles about water that will have a significant role in shaping the future of our city. Neither article depicted the city as having a part in planning its future. 

On the right side of the front page was the story of Poseidon's plans to build a plant to convert seawater to drinking water. The plans include tearing up miles of city streets to lay pipes to get that water to development interests in south county, and installing a new pipe into the ocean to provide more than 100 million gallons of water each day so they can sell half of it and dump the waste back into the ocean. 

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Also on the right side of the page, the Coastal Commission was reported as being determined to protect our coast from a company bent upon making money selling water regardless of consequences to beach goers affected by their plans, and with little concern for the environment.     

On the left side was a story about the State of California's mandate for cities to reduce water consumption by 20% by 2020, which caused the city to consider a tiered billing system with the expectation that by increasing the cost of water it will reduce the demand. 

If ever there was a time for Huntington Beach to enlist all of its resources and expertise to look ahead, it is now. 

The AES plant on Pacific Coast Highway has reached the end of its usefulness. The Poseidon adventure has not yet begun. Now is the time to end the industrialization of Huntington Beach's coast. Now is the time for the people of Huntington Beach to decide what their future will be. It is time citizens demand that their council will not cower when such interests as Poseidon threaten them with a lawsuit if they vote the way their conscience dictates.

John Scott

Huntington Beach

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Poseidon is still here, time to go

I am so glad you published that article on Poseidon ("Plant moves closer to hearing," June 20, Huntington Beach Independent). It has saved me telling and writing hundreds of letters and responses to people who can't believe that this incredible boondoggle is still nosing around Huntington Beach.

Yes my friends, it is. When billions of dollars are at stake for the profiteers at Poseidon, you bet they are still here. Even with the closing of the San Onofre Nuclear Power plant, they are still here.

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