For immediate release: May 24, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff Completes
First of Two-part Review of the Proposed
Moss Landing Power Plant Project


Sacramento - The first part of a final staff assessment of the construction and operation of the proposed Moss Landing Power Plant Project is now available from the California Energy Commission. The report and a detailed description of the power project can be viewed and printed from the Energy Commission's Web Site located at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/mosslanding/documents/index.html

As proposed by Duke Energy Moss Landing LLC, the 1206-megawatt Moss Landing Power Plant Project would replace the existing electric power generation Units 1-5 with two 530-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle units.

The project under consideration would be located at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant that was previously operated by PG&E for nearly 50 years. This site is at the intersection of Highway 1 and Dolan Road, east of the community of Moss Landing near the Moss Landing Harbor.

The Energy Commission's final staff assessment analyzes the environmental, public health and safety, and engineering elements of the Moss Landing Power Plant Project. The report includes conclusions and conditions for certification of the design, construction, operation and closure of the proposed facility.

The assessment is based on information from the Moss Landing Power Project's application for certification and subsequent revisions, responses to data requests, supplemental information from local, state and federal agencies, and comment from local citizens and interested parties. The assessment will become part of the factual record the Commission uses to reach a final decision on the project proposal. This factual record is developed over the course of a series of formal evidentiary hearings.

Four remaining subjects - air quality, soil and water resources, biological resources, and alternatives - will be covered in the second part of the staff's final assessment.

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the proposed project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us.

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Editor's note: Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Energy Commission Assistant Executive Director, at (916) 654-4989. Members of the media may request a "hard" copy of the first part of the final staff assessment of the proposed Moss Landing Power Plant Project by calling the same number.





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