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Regulators Reject Challenge to Carlsbad Desalination Plant

State water quality regulators on June 5 dismissed a petition challenging the proposed Poseidon Resources Corp. desalination plant in Carlsbad.

The petition had been filed by the Surfrider Foundation and Coastkeeper. It sought to overturn the plant’s discharge permit, issued in August by the San Diego Water Quality Control Board.

The $300 million plant would have the capacity of converting 100 million gallons of seawater into 50 million gallons of drinking water per day. Poseidon hopes to have the plant up and running in 2010.

The project still needs approval from the California Coastal Commission. Poseidon submitted its fourth application to the commission on June 1, said Scott Maloni, a political consultant to Poseidon.

The company also needs a lease from the California State Lands Commission.

, Brad Graves

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