The issues with this desalination plant aren't so easily dismissed as some think. They talk about solar desal but this is not a solar desalination plant.
To say that you don't need to use fossil fuels is ridiculous since this plant runs on fossil fuel. The issue is with **this ** plant being restarted not a solar plant be started.
Secondly the 'brine' is quite toxic and copious. This is a lot of water and therefore a lot of toxic brine will be returned to the ocean. Where would the brine be dumped? If not in the ocean then where? In a manmade pond? Then what? Truck loads of dead ducks and other water birds like has happened elsewhere in Calif.?
People who use RO in their homes are not processing the huge amount of sea water with its heavy organic load. Home RO units are rarely used to process sea water.
A new generation solar desal plant might be more economic but where do you put the large quantities of poisonous brine needs to be dealt with. Generally coastal desal plants all reinfect the toxic brine back into the ocean. Don't forget this is an older generation plant too.