Come to Oxnard City Council Tuesday, July 1, 2014 and be heard!

Support the Emergency Moratorium to Prevent the Expansion or New Power Plants on the Oxnard Coastal Zone



Here is why you should support the Emergency Moratorium to Prevent the Expansion or New Power Plants on the Oxnard Coastal Zone:

1. Coastal resilience planning! California law and common sense now require that sea level rise be considered in all planning for critical infrastructure in order to protect public health, safety and the economy. Maps created with cutting-edge scientific data show that the Ormond Beach and Mandalay Power Plants are already vulnerable to flooding in the Coastal Zone. The power supply would be even more at risk in the not too distant future when existing and proposed Power Plants sites are under water, making our electrical grid vulnerable. It is imperative that all such installations be removed from the coast.

2. Oxnard’s coast is already “home” to the HALACO metal recycling plant, an EPA designated superfund site at Ormond Beach, which is a serious obstacle to the complete restoration of the Ormond Beach Wetlands, a unique area in all of southern California. The wetlands, once restored, will provide the economic opportunities of an enhanced coastline. Oxnard will benefit from the development of more coastal tourism, recreation, scientific studies and education in the future. Why would we add another detriment to our city’s economic future with a fourth coastal power plant?

3. Existing plants are blight on our coast and reduce property values; they also produce toxic emissions. Oxnard has done its part for decades, bearing the environmental burden of power generation from three coastal power plants, something no other coastal city has been asked to do. It is long past time for another area, less vulnerable, less aesthetically and scientifically important to have the job of meeting regional energy demands.

4. NRG acquired the two power plants, Mandalay and Ormond, after the State Water Board issued the order requiring the decommissioning or re-tooling of once-through cooling plants that use obsolete technology, all along the California coast. NRG and its shareholders are responsible for taking the financial risk that they might not be allowed to continue operating on our coast, not the people of Oxnard.

5. The City of Oxnard has made its intentions clear in its 2030 general plan that its shoreline and coastal assets will be protected in the future and that industrial uses and infrastructure must relocate so that the people of Oxnard can experience the benefit of full coastal restoration and beautification, as enjoyed by residents of other California Coastal cities.