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San Diego County Water Authority Is Not Accounting for Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Lawsuit
ByElena Gomez, July 29, 2015

A judge is listening to arguments from a lawsuit that the San Diego Coastkeeper filed against the San Diego County Water Authority (SDCWA).

The non-profit organization claims SDCWA is breaking a law by not accounting for their greenhouse gas emissions.

If SDCWA's master plan isn't changed to include their environmental impact, San Diego Coastkeeper argues it can be a problem for climate change issues like a rise in the sea level rises and the statewide drought.

The non-profit claims that SDCWA is not putting the greenhouse gas effects of their desalination plants in their updated 2014 Master plan, Climate Action Plan or Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.

SDCWA says since they do not operate the desalination plants they do not need to report the energy consumption of the plants.

However, Coastkeeper believes there needs to be more responsibility.

NBC 7 received the following statement from the San Diego County Water Authority:

"The latest update to our long-term water facilities master plan, our Climate Action Plan, and their environmental analyses were unanimously approved by our Board of Directors and are fully consistent with the law."

They also say that their recent investments will allow them to meet 2020 state targets by reducing greenhouse gas emission by 15 percent.

The plaintiffs’ attorney expects this case to finish up today and that the judge will review it and make a decision later.




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