For Immediate Release: July 23, 2010
Media Contact: Michele Demetras - 916-654-4989

MEDIA ADVISORY

Proposed Decision Recommends License for Marsh Landing Power Plant

SACRAMENTO - A California Energy Commission siting committee is recommending the approval of the planned Marsh Landing Generating Station (MLGS) power plant project in Contra Costa County.

In its presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) released today, the committee said the 760-megawatt facility as mitigated, will have no significant impacts on the environment and complies with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (LORS) in 19 technical and resource areas.

The proposed decision was based solely on the record of facts which was established during the facility's certification proceeding.

The PMPD is not a final decision on the project. The committee released the document for 30 days of public comment. The committee will consider input before bringing the proposed decision to the full Commission. The entire document can be found on the Commission's website at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/marshlanding/documents/

The PMPD determined that the detailed environmental impact assessment required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was adequate. It represents the Energy Commission staff's thorough and independent assessment of the project's potential impacts on the environment, public health, and safety.

The MLGS proposed site is located in Contra Costa County on a 27-acre industrial site north of Wilbur Avenue, one mile northeast of the city of Antioch, and south of the San Joaquin River. Highway 4 and the Antioch Bridge are approximately 0.7 miles east of the site. The MLGS would be constructed adjacent to the recently-completed Gateway Power Station and the existing Contra Costa Power Plant and would be a natural gas-fired, simple-cycle facility that would not use river water for cooling or process water requirements.

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