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Notice of Data Response & Issue Resolution
Staff Workshop for the
Community Power Project
(07-AFC-7)

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a Data Response and Issue Resolution Workshop for the proposed Community Power Project. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the applicant's responses to staff's data requests and to work toward resolving outstanding issues. All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate. Following the staff workshop, at approximately 5:30 p.m., any questions or comments not directly related to data requests will be heard. A court reporter will not be present to record this workshop. Therefore a transcript will not be produced. The workshop will be held:

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2008
3:00 P.M.*
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
KEARNY RESEARCH AND EXTENSION CENTER
9240 SOUTH RIVERBEND AVENUE
PARLIER, CA
(Wheelchair Accessible)
(Map to Location)

To participate in the meeting by telephone,
please call: 1 -866-212-0875
Passcode: 8593363#

* General public comments will be heard at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Purpose

The Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing Kings River Conservation District's (KRCD) Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed development of the Community Power Project. Staff published data requests on January 23, 2008, for the following technical areas: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Hazardous Materials, Land Use, Socioeconomics, Soil and Water Resources, Transmission System Engineering, Visual Resources, and Waste Management. The staff workshop will focus on KRCD's data responses and work toward resolving project issues. Following the workshop, staff will consider the comments it receives, if necessary submit a second round of data requests, and publish a Preliminary Staff Assessment containing a preliminary analysis of issues and recommendations for mitigation and conditions of certification.

Background

On September 27, 2007, Kings River Conservation District submitted an AFC to construct and operate the Community Power Project, a nominal 565 megawatt (MW) base-load combined-cycle power plant. Assuming the project is granted a license, construction is scheduled to begin in September of 2009 with commercial operation planned to begin in May of 2011.

The proposed plant would be comprised of two natural gas-fired combustion turbine generators (CTGs), either Siemens SGT6-5000F or GE 7FA CTG units equipped with foggers or evaporative coolers and two heat recovery steam generators, and one steam turbine generator. The facility would also include a mechanical-draft cooling tower, step up transformers, an overhead electric transmission line, air emissions control equipment, and an aqueous ammonia storage tank. The facility would include a natural gas pipeline, a reclaimed water supply pipeline, up to four wells north of the project site (near the Parlier waste water treatment ponds), an onsite groundwater well to supply potable water, a tertiary water treatment plant, water storage tanks, a zero liquid discharge system, a storm water retention pond, and a sewer connection for disposal of domestic wastewater.

The proposed CPP site is a 32.25-acre parcel near the City of Parlier in Fresno County (Assessors Parcel Number 358-032-41). The site is located adjacent to and east of South Bethel Avenue between East Manning and East Dinuba Avenues in an area currently zoned for agriculture that is presently being used predominately for agricultural purposes (vineyards). Existing structures on the project site include a vacant rural dwelling, detached garage, and a barn. The proposed project site is currently under a Williamson Act Contract for agricultural land preservation for which the applicant has filed a request with Fresno County for cancellation. The site is bounded by agricultural land to the west, south, and north/northwest. To the east of the site is the County of Fresno Southeast Regional Disposal Site, a Class III landfill that was closed in 1998. Just north of the proposed site is the City of Parlier's Wastewater Treatment Plant. The nearest residence is located approximately 1,800 feet to the north of the project site.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser provides the public with assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this proceeding, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by email at pao@energy.state.ca.us. If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance of the workshop.

Questions and Access to Information

General information and documents on the proposed project are available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/communitypower/index.html. Please direct all news media inquiries to the Energy Commission's Media Office at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us. For technical questions on the subject matter, please contact Che McFarlin, Project Manager, at (916) 651-0965 or by email at Cmcfarli@energy.state.ca.us. If you are unable to attend the workshop, written comments may be sent to the staff's project manager electronically or to the Energy Commission's street address shown on the letterhead of this notice.



Date Posted: February 22, 2008 ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
 

________/signed/_______
TERRENCE O’BRIEN, Deputy Director
Energy Facilities Siting Division

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