The East Bay Chapter has just received late notice of a 930 MegaWatt gas fired plant site only footsteps away from the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge.  This refuge is home to two endangered plants and a butterfly which are found no where else.  Additionally, some of the vegetation bordering the site is classified as Stabilized Interior Dunes, a California rare vegetation type.

Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides ssp. howellii)

Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides ssp. howellii)

Sadly, since CNPS is only learning about this project at the 11th hour, it is already approved with little room for input.  CEC Information on the Marsh Landing Project can be found here. We will be working with US Fish and Wildlife to see if there is anything we can do to help minimize impacts to native flora and vegetation.  Cay Goude of the USFWS recently wrote this letter on the project impacts.  Mrs. Goude raised some important concerns about the project which were addressed in the following response letter from CEC to Cay Goude, USFWS.

Cay’s letter had the following positive impact on weed management – text is extracted from the Errata to the Presiding Member’s Proposed Decision – CEC Docket No. 08-AFC-3 – August 2010.  Thanks for your work Cay!

In response to a PMPD comment from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) alleging the annual payment required by Condition BIO-8 was inadequate mitigation, Mirant Marsh Landing agreed to add $20,000.00 to the $2,693 annual payment recommended by Staff as its proportionate share of the costs of weed mitigation. The condition as adopted below, contains additional requirements that the moneys be specifically directed to the removal of noxious weeds and that a report on the use of the funds be
provided to Staff.


We will keep you updated as new information is received.

References:

Biological Impacts Section from Application (warning this is a 5MB file)

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