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Evidentiary Hearings - Purpose:

Evidentiary Hearing topics:

Air Quality*
Cultural Resources
Facility Design*
Hazardous Materials
Land Use*
Public Health*
Traffic and Transportation
Transmission Line Safety
Transmission System Engineering
Waste Management
Water Quality & Soils
Water Resources
Worker Safety
Visual Resources*
(* Contested Topics)

The California Energy Commission El Segundo Committee (Committee) is reviewing an Application for Certification (AFC) by the EL Segundo Power II LLC to replace existing El Segundo Generating Station (ESGS) Units 1 and 2 in the City of El Segundo with a 630-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle electric generation facility.

The purpose of the evidentiary hearings is to establish the factual record upon which this case will be decided through the taking of oral, written, or documentary evidence from the official parties to the proceeding on the topics listed in the side bar.

The public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend and make comments on the topics to be discussed listed in the side bar. For consideration in the Committee's Proposed Decision, written comments on the topics can be submitted to the Energy Commission, Docket Unit (00-AFC-14), 1516 - 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 before February 20, 2003.

Whether made at the evidentiary hearing or submitted in writing, public comments will be entered into the record of the proceeding and may be used to supplement or explain the evidence in the record. Public comments by themselves, however, are not sufficient to support a finding of fact or a decision on an issue.

The Commission's Public Adviser is available to provide information or to assist those interested in participating at the evidentiary hearing, but cannot act as the attorney for any party. Contact Roberta Mendonca, the Public Adviser at 916-654-4489 or toll-free 800-822-6228 or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us

Evidentiary Hearings -
Dates & Place:

Tuesday, Wednesday &Thursday, February 18, 19 & 20, 2003
Beginning times shown on Appendix A, attached
Embassy Suites El Segundo
1440 East Imperial Highway
El Segundo, California 90245

Evidentiary Hearing Procedures:





Deadline for Filing and Service of Prepared Written Testimony:
January 22, 2003; Written Rebuttal Testimony: February 10, 2003

Witnesses may appear by declaration instead of in person if the topic is uncontested. If a topic is contested, a witness must appear in person to testify under oath and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. A party sponsoring an expert witness, either by declaration or in person, shall establish the witness' qualifications.

Uncontested and contested topics and the order of testimony are shown in Appendix A, attached.


In accordance with instructions given at the January 7, 2003, Prehearing Conference, prepared written testimony shall be filed and served on or before January 22, 2003. Prepared written rebuttal testimony shall be filed and served on or before February 10, 2003.


(toll free in California)


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 Roberta Mendonca, 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]

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



Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff’s Project Manager, James W. Reede, Jr., at 916-653-1245 or e-mail at: [jreede@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: [mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us]

Dated: Dated: January 17, 2003


Commissioner and Presiding Member
El Segundo AFC Committee

Chairman and Associate Member
El Segundo AFC Committee



Appendix A - Order of Testimony

Date - Time


2/18 - Tuesday


9:00 - 9:30

Introduction/ Preliminary Matters

9:30 - 5:00


Lunch: Noon - 1:00

Biology (Aquatic):Potential Impacts, Mitigation & Cooling Alternatives

  • Applicant's Side* - Written Direct Testimony: No Impacts/No Feasible Alternatives
  • Cross-examination of Applicant's Side Witness(es) by Opposing Side

Biology (Aquatic):Potential Impacts, Mitigation & Cooling Alternatives

  • Staff's Side* - Written Direct Testimony: Significant Impacts/Feasible Alternative(s) Exist
  • Cross-examination of Staff's Side Witness(es) by Opposing Side

2/19 - Wed.


9:00 - 1:00

Biology (Aquatic):Potential Impacts, Mitigation & Cooling Alternatives

  • Applicant's Side* - Written Rebuttal Testimony (if any)
  • Cross-examination of Applicant's Side Rebuttal Witness(es)

Biology (Aquatic):Potential Impacts, Mitigation & Cooling Alternatives

  • Staff's Side* - Written Rebuttal Testimony (if any)
  • Cross-examination of Staff's Side Rebuttal Witness(es)

1:00 - 2:00


2:00 - 5:00

Air Quality/Public Health:Local PM10 Impacts; SO2 Impacts; Need for and Availability of Offsets

  • Final Determination of Compliance
  • Applicant - Written Direct Testimony
  • Staff - Written Direct Testimony
  • Murphy/Perkins/COES/COMB - Cross-examination of Applicant's witness
  • Murphy/Perkins/COES/COMB - Cross-examination of Staff's witness
  • Murphy/Perkins - Written Direct Testimony
  • Nickelson - Cross-examination of Staff/Applicant witnesses

5:00 - 6:00


6:00 - 7:30

Visual Impacts:Local Visual Character; Balancing Screening and Views; Appropriate Plant Species

  • Applicant - Written Direct Testimony
  • Murphy/Perkins - Written Direct Testimony
  • Nickelson - Cross-examination of Applicant witness

Noise Impacts:Noise Modeling and Monitoring

  • Applicant - Written Direct Testimony

7:30 - 8:00

Public Comment

2/20 - Thurs


9:30 - 11:00

Uncontested Topics by Declaration:

Land Use:11/2 acre public use area

  • COES - Written Direct Testimony

Socioeconomics:Property values)

  • Murphy/Perkins - Cross-examination of Staff's witness

11:00 - 12:00

Public Comment & Close of Record

* For clarity of the record and administrative convenience, the Committee shall designate parties to either of two sides of the Biology Aquatic issues. On February 18 and 19, each side shall have a total of 5 hours to present its direct testimony and rebuttal testimony, which shall have been filed in pre-prepared written form, as well as to cross-examine witness(es) from the other side. Each side shall apportion in its discretion between its direct testimony, rebuttal testimony, and its cross-examination of the other side's witness(es). For clarity of the record and administrative convenience, the Committee may establish a panel of a side's or party's witnesses for either or both direct testimony, rebuttal testimony, or cross-examination.