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Coastal Commission dismisses request to revoke desalination project permit

The California Coastal Commission voted Wednesday to dismiss a request to revoke Poseidon Resources’ Coastal Development Permit for the Carlsbad Desalination Project.

The vote marked the second time in as many months the Commission rejected a request to revoke the permit, initiated by environmental groups including the Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Coastkeeper and Coastal Environmental Rights Foundation.

The groups say Poseidon intentionally misrepresented and omitted important information when the Commission originally approved the project’s Energy Minimization and Greenhouse Gas Reduction plan in August 2008.

The latest permit revocation request is the 10th legal challenge brought against the project since planning began in 1998.

Construction on the plant has begun and when completed in 2012, the project is expected to produce 50 million gallons of potable water per day -- enough for 30,000 residents annually.

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