Single Implosion Slated for South Bay Power Plant

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chulavistapowerplantDynegy South Bay, LLC, has submitted a minor amendment to its Coastal Development Permit for the demolition of the South Bay Power Plant to the California Coastal Commission.

The terms of the amended permit include one implosion rather than the previously approved two-phased implosion of the power plant's above-ground structures.

"The City of Chula Vista supports Dynegy South Bay's decision to amend its Coastal Development Permit," said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. "Demolishing the power plant with a single implosion will expedite creation of an unobstructed view corridor for the residents of Chula Vista and moves us closer to creating a world-class resort and residential destination on our portion of San Diego Bay as outlined in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan."

The original permit had been approved by the California Coastal Commission on June 14, 2012. The permit entailed demolishing the plant's boiler structures using a two-phased implosion. The new implosion procedure will remove the visual blight of the above-ground structures in a single incident.

Dynegy South Bay, LLC, the former operator of the plant, and its contractor for the demolition project, Silverado Contractors, Inc., determined that a single implosion would minimize impacts to the surrounding community. Noise levels would be reduced, the need to re-route traffic in the immediate area would be lessened and the demolition schedule would be shortened by approximately two months.

Dynegy South Bay will outline a revised demolition timeline to reflect the single implosion event. Dismantling and salvage activities will continue to proceed as scheduled. Silverado Contractors, Inc. has been removing equipment such as piping, lights, controls, duct work and tanks. Warehouses, storage buildings, tanks and other ancillary equipment are being removed using heavy equipment.

"The Port of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista's goal has always been to remove the South Bay Power Plant swiftly and safely," said Ann Moore, Vice Chair of the Board of Port Commissioners and the City of Chula Vista's representative on the Board. "We believe the amended project will achieve that result, allowing plans for a redeveloped and improved waterfront to come to fruition."

The project is expected to generate about 21,000 tons of recyclable metals, including iron, steel, aluminum and copper. It may also generate up to 3,400 tons of other non-hazardous waste, such as wood or plastic, which will be recycled as feasible.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach, National City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 17 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

About the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan

At 556 acres, the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan (CVBMP) will transform Chula Vista's underused industrial bayfront landscape into a thriving residential and world-class waterfront resort destination. The Plan will establish thousands of new jobs, create new public parks, protect natural coastal resources, provide conference and visitor-serving amenities and build an important asset for the San Diego region, the South Bay, Chula Vista residents and coastal visitors. The CVBMP is the result of a decade-long joint planning effort by a broad coalition of stakeholders, the Port of San Diego, the City of Chula Vista and Pacifica Companies. The Plan represents the last significant development opportunity in Southern California and is anticipated to be considered by the California Coastal Commission in summer 2012.

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