[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Public Workshop to Discuss Air Quality,
The Preliminary Determination of Compliance
And Public Health Issues
For the Delta Energy Center
Application For Certification (98-AFC-3)

On December 18, 1998, the joint partnership of Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc. filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to construct and operate the 880-megawatt (MW) Delta Energy Center. The project is proposed to be located on an undeveloped 20-acre parcel at the Dow Chemical Company facility generally north and west of the adjacent Delta Diablo Sanitation District treatment facility in the City of Pittsburg.

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying licenses for thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process carefully examines public health and safety, environmental impacts and engineering aspects of proposed power plants, and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and water lines. The Energy Commission's responsibilities are similar and equivalent to those of a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act.

On July 26, 1999, Energy Commission staff completed its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of the Delta Energy Center Application for Certification. You can obtain a copy of the PSA by calling Sharee Knight (916-654-4184) or view and print the document from the Energy Commission web site (note the web site address below). Additionally, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District completed its Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC) on August 20, 1999. We will be conducting a workshop to discuss and take comment on air quality and public health sections of the PSA and the PDOC. Comments provided to staff will be considered for inclusion in staff's Final Staff Assessment and the air district's Final Determination of Compliance. The public and local, state and federal agencies are encouraged to attend and participate.

Wednesday, September 8, 1999
Beginning at 5 p.m.
Delta Diablo Sanitation District Administration Building,
Employee Cafeteria
2500 Pittsburg-Antioch Highway (off Arcy Lane)
Pittsburg, California

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop.

Persons who would like information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or e-mail pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or e-mail prichins@energy.state.ca.us. Information about the project as well the PSA is available on the Energy Commission's web site at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/delta.

News media inquiries should be directed to the Assistant Director of Media and Communications, Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989.

DATE ON LINE: August 27, 1999

Chairman and Presiding Member

Mailed to list # 744, 745, and 746


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