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Clearing the air about Duke’s water 

I would like to correct an error that John Peabody made in his article “Desperate times for Duke� in the New Times dated March 3-10.

The second paragraph, last line, reads, “Water that is used to cool the plant’s generators is discharged into an outfall area in the bay.�

This statement is incorrect.

The power plant takes cool water out of the bay at an intake structure and pumps it toward the plant. The water is used to cool the condenser of the turbine/generator. The warmed water is then routed to the plant’s outfall, which discharges directly to the ocean north of Morro Rock. The warmed water cannot be returned to the bay because the cooling system would not work.

If you walk out to the northwest corner of the large parking lot next to Morro Rock, you can see for yourself where the outfall is. Let’s not keep getting it mixed up with the intake located across the street from the power plant.


Don Bearden

Los Osos

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