For Immediate Release: May 21, 1998
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff Drafts Preliminary
Assessment of Proposed High Desert Power Project



A preliminary staff report assessing the proposed construction and operation of the High Desert Power Project is now available from the California Energy Commission.

The draft report and a detailed description of the proposed power project can be printed from the Energy Commission's Web site located at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/highdesert/documents


The document is also available from the Victorville and Adelanto branches of the San Bernardino County Library.

The proposed project consists of a 680 to 830 megawatt natural gas fueled electricity generation power plant. The proposed project is to be located in the northeast corner of the Southern California International Airport (formerly George Air Force Base), in the city of Victorville.

The Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) is a draft staff document, not a Committee proposed decision or a Commission final decision. This analysis was prepared by Commission staff in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

Based upon an analysis of the information currently available, the draft PSA presents preliminary conclusions and proposed conditions that apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility. The PSA does not presently discuss all aspects of the proposed project. It does, however, include analysis of the need for the electricity from the project, impacts on public health and safety, environmental impacts and facility and engineering measures proposed to ensure the project can be constructed and operated safely and reliably and in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards. A final PSA is expected to be available by July 31, 1998.

The Energy Commission staff has scheduled workshops to discuss the draft report's findings and recommendations regarding public health, safety and fire protection, transmission line safety and nuisance, traffic, cultural resources, socioeconomics, and paleontological resources. These public workshops will be held:

Wednesday May 27, 1998
9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
and
Thursday, May 28, 1998
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Mojave Desert AQMD
15428 Civic Drive
Board Chambers, Second Floor
Victorville, California

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible.




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Editor's Note: Media inquiries should be directed to Rob Schlichting, Energy Commission Media and Communciations Office, 916-654-4989. Members of the media may also contact the same number to request a "hard" copy of the proposed High Desert Power Project PSA.


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