Federal and State Level Deny Soda Mountain Solar Certification
A DESERT VICTORY!
The San Bernardino County Supervisors voted against certifying the CEQA (state) environmental report for the Soda Mountain Solar project at their meeting on August 23, by a 3-2 vote. We are grateful to Supervisors Josie Gonzales, Robert Lovingood, and Janice Rutherford for their votes against the project. A number of MBCA Directors and members joined almost 30 other project opponents who made public comments at the Supervisors' meeting in San Bernardino and via videoconference in Joshua Tree. We are elated that our 6 years or so of writing letters against this project seemed to have an effect!
Here are some news articles about the vote:
Statement from Senator Dianne Feinstein on August 24, 2016:
Washington—Following the San Bernardino County Supervisors’ decision to deny certification of an Environmental Impact Report for the Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement:
“I am thankful that the San Bernardino County Supervisors voted to deny a key permit for the Soda Mountain Solar Power Plant—an industrial solar project located right next to the entrance to Mojave National Preserve.
“This plant would cover 1,900 acres and be about five miles long. There is no question it would have a negative impact on the preserve.”