Two members of the California Coastal Commission are challenging plans to replace a well at the Morro Bay Power Plant.
They have appealed a permit issued by the city of Morro Bay allowing the energy company Dynegy to replace a failing water supply well near Morro Creek.
The new well provides 125 gallons per minute of water that is used for plant operations.
Commissioners Sara Wan of Malibu and Mark Stone, a Santa Cruz County supervisor, are the appellants. The commission will decide whether to accept the appeal when it meets Oct. 14 in Oceanside.
If the appeal is accepted, the commission will hear it at a later meeting. If not, the Morro Bay permit will stand as valid.
The appeal challenges several aspects of the project.
These include the use of a private well within the city limits where only publicly owned wells are allowed and the fact that the new well could increase the amount of water taken from the Morro Basin.
Dynegy and Morro Bay officials have argued that the new well should be allowed because it only replaces an existing well and does not add a new one.
Although the replacement well could pump more water, it would only be used to keep a 500,000-gallon water tank at the plant filled, they said.
Reach David Sneed at 781-7930.