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Oakland-based Silverado Contractors, Inc. was selected from 11 bids submitted for the task of demolishing the South Bay Power Plant along Chula Vista’s bay front, the Port of San Diego reports. The contractor has previous experience in power plant deconstruction, including work to demolish portions of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant in Eureka, the only one of California’s three nuclear plants so far to be permanently taken offline.

“As we look forward to a new and economically vibrant future for our waterfront under the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan, our residents are eager to see the power plant removed,” said Chula Vista mayor Cheryl Cox about the contract award.

Dynegy, the plant’s former operator, is completing asbestos removal work it expects to finish by June, at which point demolition of the plant’s above ground structures could begin if permits are in place from the California Coastal Commission and the City of Chula Vista. An application to the Coastal Commission for the work was submitted last November.

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This demolition is a foregone conclusion, and I cannot help but wonder if, in the next few months, wish it were still up and running. Despite some propaganda to the contrary, the plant was in fairly good operating condition, and could have continued to push out kilowatts for us all for many years to come. So, why the big push to get it ripped out? A Chula Vista waterfront project might be nice, but what if they cannot turn the lights on when it is built?

May 10, 2012

Silverado is a competent and capable contractor. However they did not "demolish portions of the Humboldt Bay Nuclear Power Plant in Eureka". They did take down the Humboldt Bay Power Plant (HBPP) Units 1&2 which were conventional oil/gas fired power plants located on the same site as HBPP Unit 3 which was a 65 GE Boiling Water Reactor. Silverado was not and is not directly involved in the decommissioning of HBPP Unit 3.

May 26, 2012

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