For immediate release: October 23, 2000
Media Contact: Claudia Chandler -- 916 654-4989



Energy Commission Staff
Completes Assessment of
Mountainview Power Plant Project



Sacramento - A Staff Assessment of the construction and operation of the proposed Mountainview Power Project in San Bernardino County 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/mountainview/documents

The Energy Commission's Staff Assessment contains analyses similar to those contained in Environmental Impact Reports required by the California Environmental Quality Act. The document presents conclusions and proposed conditions that staff recommends apply to the design, construction, operation, and closure of the proposed facility, if approved.

The document finds that the Mountainview project conforms with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards, and concludes that, with some conditions, the impacts caused by the project can be successfully mitigated. It notes that the South Coast Air Quality Management District has decided the project complies with appropriate rules and will not degrade air quality in the area.

The Staff Assessment, however, is not a proposed decision on the project. It presents staff's independent analysis and examines engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed power plant, based on information that is currently available.

On May 17, 2000, the Energy Commission began its review of the application to build and operate the Mountainview Power Project, a $550 million, 1056-megawatt gas-fired combined cycle generation facility. If certified, the project will be located on a 54.3-acre site at the existing San Bernardino power plant, near the corner of San Bernardino Avenue and Mountainview Avenue, in the City of Redlands.

The Mountainview Siting Case Committee, made up of two Energy Commissioners, will first conduct workshops on the potential environmental, public health and engineering impacts of the Mountainview project. During these workshops, the public can voice their comments or concerns about the project.

Following a Pre-hearing Conference, the Staff Assessment will then be presented at evidentiary hearings in which the Siting Committee will consider the recommendations of all interested parties, including those of local citizens and other local, state and federal agencies. Once these hearings are concluded, the two Commissioners will recommend a decision for adoption by the full five-member Energy Commission.

Workshops on the Staff Assessment will be held as follows:

Tuesday, October 31
and
Wednesday, November 1
9 a.m.
Hearing Room B
First Floor
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
Sacramento, California

Monday, November 6, 2000*
10 a.m.
San Bernardino County Museum
Fisk Room
2024 Orangetree Lane
Redlands, California

(Both sites are wheelchair accessible.)

* Prior to the conclusion of this workshop, the Committee will conduct a Pre-hearing Conference. This Conference will provide an opportunity for the parties and interested agencies to identify which substantive topics have been resolved, which require further analysis, and which require adjudication at the evidentiary hearings that will be scheduled by the Mountainview Siting Committee.

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 (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

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