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The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board approved plans to build a seawater desalination plant in Carlsbad yesterday.

The permit to discharge into the Pacific Ocean is the last permit the project needs before heading toward the venue some see as the toughest obstacle: the California Coastal Commission. That’s where the showdown looms.

Connecticut-based Poseidon Resources Corp. expects to file its application with the Coastal Commission next week, spokesman Scott Maloni said. A hearing isn’t expected until next spring or summer.

For some background on the project, click here.

ROB DAVIS

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