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In May, the Environmental Health Coalition sent a press release to reporters claiming the South Bay Power Plant will shut down in December after one of its key operating permits expired.

The plant’s closure would be a victory for environmentalists, who emphasize its harmful effects on water quality, and for the city of Chula Vista, which views the coastal stretch as prime real estate for future growth.

But after some fact checking, we called the environmental group’s assertion premature and misleading. In May, state energy officials were still deciding whether to keep the power plant open as insurance for the state power grid.

And earlier this week, state energy officials confirmed our caution about the battle over South Bay being over. They will likely provide permits to keep the plant available through 2011 and possibly longer, the Union-Tribune and KPBS reported. Environmentalists and Chula Vista city officials called the decision disappointing.

Please contact Keegan Kyle directly at keegan.kyle@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5668 and follow him on Twitter: twitter.com/keegankyle.

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