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SunPower draft EIR ready

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A draft environmental impact report for one of two proposed solar power plants in California Valley is ready for public review.

The 250-megawatt project, proposed by SunPower, would sit on 4,365 acres of the Carrizo Plains.

The draft report covers a wide range of environmental issues surrounding the project and possible mitigation measures. Critics of the project worry the large expanse of solar panels could inhibit migration patterns of species native to the Carrizo Plains, including the kit fox and pronghorn elk.

Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Oct. 12 and should be sent to John McKenzie, 972 Osos St., Room 300, San Luis Obispo, CA 93408-2040. Physical copies of the report are available at local libraries and in the SLO County Planning Department; it’s also available at sloplanning.org.

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