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For immediate release: January 10, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916 654-4989

Magnolia Power Project Staff Assessment
Released By California Energy Commission

Sacramento - The California Energy Commission Staff Assessment of the Magnolia Power Project is now available for review. The analysis outlines the conditions that would apply to the design, construction, operation and closure of the project should the Commission grant a license. The document finds no reasons not to approve the Magnolia Power Project, as it conforms with all laws, ordinances, regulations and standards while posing no significant environmental impacts. The staff, however, is waiting for more information on air quality and the Final Determination of Compliance from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The Staff Assessment can be viewed on the Energy Commission website at:


The document is not a Commission decision or proposed decision on the Magnolia Power Project. It is the staff's comprehensive analysis based on a thorough and independent review of the power plant proposal in accordance with the Public Resources Code and California Environmental Quality Act.

The Southern California Power Authority has requested Energy Commission approval to construct and operate a 250-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power generating facility on 16 acres in Burbank, California. The site is located at the existing Magnolia Power Station owned and operated by the City of Burbank Water and Power Department at 164 West Magnolia Boulevard. The project would require no new transmission lines, gas, water or wastewater pipelines. If approved and constructed, the plant would supply electricity to homes in Burbank, Anaheim, Colton, Glendale, Pasadena, Cerritos and San Marcos.

Workshops to allow the public and other agencies a chance to comment on and ask questions about the Staff Assessment are planned for January 23, 2002. A notice with the place and times will be released as soon as workshop details are finalized.

The purpose of these open and publicly-noticed meetings is to encourage members of the public to participate in the power plant certification process. To find out how to get involved, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, toll free at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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