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Desalination Plant in California Suffers Setback With Recommendation For Denial

Haiden Holmes

Apr 26, 2022 10:07


The commission, which has the authority to reverse staff decisions but does so infrequently, is due to vote on the project on May 12.

Desalination, environmentalists argue, annihilates ocean life, consumes excessive amounts of money and energy, and will soon be rendered obsolete by water recycling.

Poseidon Water, the infrastructure subsidiary of Canada's Brookfield Asset Management, is proposing the desalination facility near Huntington Beach, just south of Los Angeles.

Poseidon has been attempting to secure approval for the project for more than two decades, spending an estimated $100 million in the process.

With the Western states of the United States suffering from a prolonged drought, officials appeared to be on the verge of approving the Huntington Beach facility. Last year, the business expressed sufficient confidence to discuss breaking ground on the $1.4 billion factory by the end of 2022.

Poseidon has operated a comparable facility in Carlsbad since 2015, although it was permitted locally prior to the state enacting regulations governing desalination plants.