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For immediate release: September 30, 2002
Media Contact: Chris Davis - 916-654-4989

Energy Commission Staff Assessment For City of
Vernon Power Plant Proposal Now Available

Sacramento - The Staff Assessment for the City of Vernon's Malburg Generating Station is now available from the California Energy Commission. Concerns about air quality are all that stand in the way of the Energy Commission staff finding the proposal would comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards.

In the report, Energy Commission staff concludes that air emissions would exceed state and federal standards for the first two months of the construction schedule, but mitigation measures proposed in the Staff Assessment would reduce the impact to an acceptable level. The staff further recommends that the City of Vernon acquire more PM 10 (particulate matter 10 microns or less in size) and SO2 (sulfur dioxide) credits to mitigate air emissions when the plant becomes operational so it will not adversely effect air quality in the region.

The Staff Assessment for the City of Vernon Malburg Generating Station Project is available on the Energy Commission's website at:


The staff document does not represent a decision or proposed decision on the project. The Staff Assessment represent the staff's analysis based on a review of the power plant proposal in accordance with the Public Resources Code and the California Environmental Quality Act.

The City of Vernon is seeking Energy Commission approval to construct and operate a natural gas-fired, combined-cycle, 134-megawatt power plant on 3.4 acres at the Station A site at 2715 East 50th Street. The Station A site has been producing electricity for the City of Vernon since 1933. Power produced by the Malburg Generating Station would feed the Vernon substation on site and be sold to customers within the city and elsewhere in the Southland.

Two combustion-turbine generators and a steam turbine generator powered by two heat-recovery steam generators would be the heart of the Malburg Generating Station. The $100 million project would use reclaimed water for cooling. Dry low-NOx (oxides of nitrogen) combustors and selective catalytic reduction would limit NOx emissions. An oxidation catalyst would reduce emissions of carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds.

The public is invited to participate in the next step of the review. A notice will be issued separately for an air quality workshop to gather information and comments on:

Wednesday, October 16, 2002
10 a.m. until Noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
Vernon City Hall
City Council Chambers
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Public involvement is a very important part of the Energy Commission's review process. To find out how to participate, contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: [pao@energy.state.ca.us].

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