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CALIFORNIA
ENERGY
COMMISSION

NOTICE OF HEARING
ON PROJECT STATUS

BLYTHE ENERGY PROJECT II
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION
DOCKET NO. 02-AFC-1

Purposes of Hearing:

The purposes of the Project Status Hearing are to review:

  1. the status of the proceeding,
  2. the timeliness and completeness of Applicant data submissions, and
  3. the schedule for the remainder of the Application for Certification (AFC) proceeding.

Discussion:

On October 30, 2003, the Committee promulgated the "Committee Order Re Status Reports" directing the parties to identify: (1) topics not fully addressed in the Preliminary Staff Assessment; (2) outstanding data requests; (3) critical path items for the completion of the Final Staff Assessment (FSA); and (4) necessary federal permits or actions still needed.

Both the Staff and Applicant Caithness Blythe II filed Status Reports as directed on December 5, 2003. Based upon these filings, the Committee determined that there was sufficient cause to conduct a Status Conference. The Applicant disputes many of the items that Staff has identified as necessary for it to complete the FSA.

In attached Appendix A, the Committee has recapped the items identified by Staff as necessary for the FSA. The Committee will use Appendix A as a guide to help determine which items must be provided by the Applicant to Staff in order to publish the FSA on a timely basis.

Hearing Date & Place:



To consider the appropriate action, the Committee will conduct a hearing as follows:

Thursday, January 22, 2004
Beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Blythe City Hall - Council Chambers
235 N. Broadway
Blythe, California

Public Participation:

800-822-6228
(toll free in California)

916-654-4489

Members of the public may participate in all phases of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact Margret J. Kim, 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] Persons requiring special assistance contact Lou Quiroz, (916) 654-5146, five days prior to the hearing.

Information concerning the status of the project, notices and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at: documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at:

[www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/blythe2]

Contacts:

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager, Bill Pfanner, at 916-654-4206 or e-mail: [bpfanner@energy.state.ca.us]

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or e-mail at: [gshean@energy.state.ca.us]

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications, at 916-654-4989 or by e-mail at: [energia@energy.ca.gov]



Dated: January 9, 2004

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

WILLIAM J. KEESE
Chairman and Presiding Member
BLYTHE II AFC Committee

ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Associate Member
BLYTHE II AFC Committee




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Appendix A

Subject

Addressed Sufficiently in Blythe I?

Necessary for Applicant to Provide?

When To Be Provided?

     

AQ FDOC

     

AQ Wind Erosion Plan

     

BIO Biological Assessment

     

BIO Burrowing Owl Plan

     

CUL Native Amer. Consult

     

CUL City Confirmation

     

LAND WCOP Parcels

     

LAND City Height Variance

     

LAND ALUC Override

     

SOCIO Cropland ID

     

TRANS Aircraft/Plume

     

TRANS FAA/Trans Towers

     

TRANS Alt Traffic Route

     

TSE SIS and/or FS

     

TSE Cal-ISO Review

     

TSE Final Layout Plans

     

TSE Request - Interconnect

     

TSE Request - Terminate

     

TSE CEQA/NEPA Progress

     

WRES Discharge Ponds

     

WRES Waste Discharge

     

WRES Aux Firing

     

WRES Inlet Cooling

     

WRES Stormwater

     

WRES Emergency Spillway

     

WRES Cooling Technology

     

WRES Gas Tank Leak

     

WRES WCOP

     

WORKER Fire Needs

     

EJ WCOP Details