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Community Calendar Announcement


March 1, 2002

Dear Editor/Publisher:

If your publication, radio or television station offers a calendar of community events, you may want to include news of the following hearings.

Energy Commission staff will conduct a data response and issues resolution workshop to discuss the proposed Avenal Energy Project as follows:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6, 2002
Beginning at 10 a.m.

City of Avenal Community Center
717 E. Monterey Street
Avenal, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

During the workshop staff will discuss the applicant's data responses in technical areas that include air quality, biological and cultural resources, noise, soil and water resources, traffic and transportation, transmission system engineering, visual resources, and waste management. The workshop will also give staff an opportunity to resolve outstanding issues. In addition, staff will explain how it analyzes each of these technical areas and how it approaches issues of environmental justice.

The Avenal Energy Project, proposed by Duke Energy Avenal, LLC, would be a 600­megawatt, natural gas­fired, combined cycle power plant. The facility is planned to be built on 25 acres of a 148-acre site located in the agricultural region of the San Joaquin Valley, just south of the Fresno County line.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to comment and ask questions during the workshop. 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 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Information about the proposed project is available on the Energy Commission's web page at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/avenal/

Please contact me at (916) 654-4989 if you prefer to have your name removed from our mailing list. Thank you.

Sincerely,


Mary Ann Costamagna
Information Officer



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