NOTICE OF RECEIPT PETITION TO AMEND THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT (97-AFC-1C)


NOTICE OF RECEIPT

PETITION TO AMEND
THE ENERGY COMMISSION DECISION FOR THE
HIGH DESERT POWER PROJECT (97-AFC-1C)

High Desert Power Project, LLC (project owner) filed a petition dated September 30, 2005, with the California Energy Commission requesting to modify condition of certification Soil and Water-4 of the Energy Commission Decision for the project. The 830 megawatt project was certified by the Energy Commission on May 3, 2000, and began commercial operation on April 22, 2003. The facility is located in the City of Victorville, San Bernardino County.

DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATION

The modifications proposed in the petition would extend the period of time to establish a groundwater bank, which provides the backup water supply for the project. The time limit to inject State Water Project (SWP) water into the regional groundwater aquifer would be extended from the current 5 years to 12 years from the commencement of commercial operation. The reason for this request is because additional time is needed to ensure that water quality goals are met. The concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS) and trihalomethanes (THM) contained in the SWP water that is available to the project are significantly greater than was anticipated at the time of Certification, and exceed limits permitted by the Regional Water Quality Control Board during several months each year. Therefore, the annual rate of injection to the groundwater bank has been significantly reduced. The purpose of the petition is to set an attainable injection schedule that accommodates water quality requirements, reflecting information that was not available during the certification process.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCEDURES

The purpose of the Energy Commission's review process is to assess the impacts of this proposal on environmental quality, and public health and safety. The review process includes an evaluation of the consistency of the proposed changes with the Energy Commission's Decision and if the project, as changed, will remain in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards (Title 20, Calif. Code of Regulations, section 1769). Energy Commission staff is currently analyzing the request and will publish an analysis in the next several weeks. A public hearing for the purpose of approving or denying the amendment proposal will subsequently be held at a regularly scheduled Energy Commission business meeting.

This Notice of Receipt is being mailed to interested parties and property owners adjacent to the project site who may want to participate in the amendment process.

The petition is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/siting_pre-1999_compliance/documents/2005-10-13_PETITION_INJECTION.PDF. The staff analysis (when published), and the Energy Commission Order (if approved), will also be posted on the website. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the petition, staff's analysis, and/or the Energy Commission Order if the changes are approved, please complete the enclosed Information Request Form and return it to the address shown.

If you have any comments or questions, please contact Steve Munro, Compliance Project Manager, at (916) 654-3936, or by fax to (916) 654-3882, or via e-mail to: smunro@energy.state.ca.us within 14 days of the date of this notice.

For further information on how to participate in this proceeding, 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.. If you require special accommodations, please contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us.



Date: : October 24, 2005

________/original signed/________
ROGER E. JOHNSON, Manager
Siting and Compliance Office
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division

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