[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission

In the Matter of:
Application for Certification
for the High Desert Power Project
Docket No. 97-AFC-1



At the February 18, 1999 Prehearing Conference, the parties indicated that no dispute existed and that no major revisions were needed for the following topic areas: Project Description, Conformance with the Integrated Assessment of Need, Transmission System Engineering, Transmission Line Safety and Nuisance, Worker Safety and Fire Protection, Traffic and Transportation, Paleontological Resources, Land Use, Socioeconomics, Compliance and Closure, and Alternatives. Further information is, however, still being developed on other areas, including those which may be affected by the possible use of dry cooling.

Thus, it does not appear practical to commence evidentiary hearings at this time. Rather, we will hold a second Prehearing Conference, as scheduled below, which will focus on the following topic areas: Air Quality, Biological Resources, Water Resources and Supply, Hazardous Materials Management, Cultural Resources, Public Health, use of dry cooling, (and the potentially affected topics of Facility Design, Reliability, Efficiency, Visual Resources, Noise, and Waste Management), and gas pipeline engineering and operations.

This document provides notice for the second Prehearing Conference and specifies filing dates for previously discussed items, as well as for submittals relevant to the upcoming Conference.


We will conduct a public Prehearing Conference as follows:

FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 1999
Beginning at 10 a.m.
Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District
Board Chambers
15428 Civic Drive
Victorville, California
[Wheelchair Accessible]

At this event, all parties [Applicant, Staff, and Intervenors] shall present their respective opinions concerning: which substantive topic areas are ready for evidentiary hearings; which require further analysis, including the nature of, and timeframe for, any such analysis; which topic areas the parties have reached agreement upon; and which remain subject to disagreement and require adjudication.

Interested agencies and members of the public are encouraged to attend and may comment at this Conference.

A. Purposes and Procedures

The basic purposes of this Prehearing Conference are to assess the parties' readiness for evidentiary hearings on the listed topics, to identify areas of agreement or dispute, and to discuss procedures which will assist the Committee in concluding this licensing process in as timely a manner as feasible. In this regard, the parties shall be prepared to discuss the matters mentioned above as well as future filing dates for testimony and other evidentiary documents, briefing and comment periods, and other related items.

Each party shall serve and file a Prehearing Conference Statement. These Statements must be received at the Commission Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, California 95814, no later than 5 p.m., on Friday, April 9, 1999. Identify these Statements with "Docket No. 97-AFC-1."

Each Statement shall specify:

A party may incorporate by reference relevant portions of its February 9, 1999 Statement as appropriate.

B. Public Participation

Members of the public and interested governmental agencies are invited to attend and may comment upon the matters discussed.

The Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information or to assist those interested in participating at this Conference. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free, at 1-800-822-6228; her email address is: pao@energy.state.ca.us

C. Further Information

If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 at least five days prior to the Conference. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989, or email: energia@energy.state.ca.gov

Richard Buell, the Commission's Project Manager, will respond to technical questions concerning the High Desert Power Project at (916) 653-1614. Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to the Hearing Officer, Stanley W. Valkosky, at (916) 654-3893.


The Committee's last Scheduling Order was dated December 16, 1998. The Applicant has not provided all the information specified in that Order, such as the preliminary permit conditions from the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (scheduled for January 13, 1999) or the Determination of Compliance from the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (scheduled for February 1, 1999). The timing for the submission of these items, as well as other relevant items, should be discussed in the Prehearing Conference Statements. Attachment A contains the filing dates for items pertinent to the second Prehearing Conference.

Filings shall be served upon all parties to this proceeding and the Commission's Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, California 95814. Each party is responsible for ensuring that its respective submissions are received no later than 5 p.m. on the dates indicated. Identify all documents with "Docket No. 97-AFC-1."

DATE: March 9, 1999


Presiding Member

Associate Member

MARCH 19, 1999Staff files errata to Staff Assessment.
MARCH 25Staff files revisions/supplemental analysis concerning the handling and transportation of Hazardous Materials, and Cultural Resources.
APRIL 9California Independent System Operator files prepared testimony and resume of sponsoring witness on topic of Transmission System Engineering; this witness and testimony may be presented by Staff.
APRIL 9Staff files revisions/supplemental analysis concerning: the use of dry cooling (including any revisions to topics areas affected by its use); Biological Resources (including revisions to proposed Conditions of Certification contained in the Staff Assessment); Water Supply and Resources (including reinjection, storage, availability of state water project water, and proposed conditions for Regional Water Quality Control Board); Air Quality and other areas as appropriate.
APRIL 9Parties file second Prehearing Conference Statements focusing on topic areas of Air Quality, Biological Resources, Water Resources and Supply, Public Health, Hazardous Materials Management, the use of dry cooling, gas pipeline engineering and operations, Facility Design, Reliability, Efficiency, Visual Resources, Noise, Waste Management, and Cultural Resources.
APRIL 16Second Prehearing Conference.

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