STATE OF CALIFORNIA
Energy Resources Conservation
and Development Commission
In the Matter of:
Application for Certification for the
High Desert Power Project
Docket No. 97-AFC-1
NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS
and HEARING ORDER
The Committee has considered the progress made in developing relevant information in this case, and the representations of the parties in the most recent status reports (June 4 and July 6, 1999). We will therefore conduct evidentiary hearings as specified below.
II. NOTICE OF EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS
We will conduct formal evidentiary hearings as follows:
* * * *THURSDAY, September 16, 1999 and
FRIDAY, September 17, 1999
* * * and * * *THURSDAY, September 30, 1999 and, if necessary,
FRIDAY, October 1, 1999
* * * and * * *THURSDAY, October 7, 1999 and, if necessary,
FRIDAY, October 8, 1999
The September 16th, 17th, and 30th, 1999 (and, if necessary, October 1, 1999) hearings will be held at:
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
Beginning at 10 a.m.
First Floor Hearing Room A
1516 Ninth Street
The hearing on October 7, 1999 (and, if necessary, on October 8, 1999) will be held at:
CITY OF VICTORVILLE
P.O. Box 5001
14343 Civic Drive
Victorville, California 92392-2399
The October 1st and 8th hearing dates are being scheduled as CONTINUATION DATES ONLY. Hearings will be held on these dates only as necessary to conclude any matters remaining from the previous dates.
At these hearings, the parties (Applicant, Staff, Intervenors) will present evidence consisting of sworn testimony and exhibits on each topic area. Unless a party requests otherwise, presentations will follow the agenda reflected in ATTACHMENT A.
A. Formal Evidentiary Hearing Procedures
The purpose of these formal evidentiary hearings is to establish the factual record necessary to reach a decision in this case. This is done through the taking of written and oral testimony as well as exhibits from the parties. These hearings are more structured than the Committee Conferences and the informal Staff workshops which have already occurred. A party proposing to sponsor witnesses must file the witnesses' testimony, in writing, according to the schedule below. Witnesses will testify under oath or affirmation and be subject to cross-examination by other parties who have intervened in the case.
At the evidentiary hearings, a party sponsoring a witness shall briefly establish the witness' qualifications and have the witness orally summarize the prepared testimony before requesting that the testimony be moved into evidence. Relevant exhibits may be offered into evidence at that time as well. At the conclusion of a witness' direct testimony, the Committee will provide the other parties an opportunity for cross-examination, followed by redirect and recross examination as appropriate. As warranted, multiple witnesses may testify as a panel.
B. Public Participation
Members of the public and interested governmental agencies are invited to attend these hearings, and may offer unsworn public comment upon the matters discussed. These public comments will be entered into the record of the proceeding and may be used to supplement or explain the evidence of 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, Roberta Mendonca, is available to provide information or to assist those interested in participating at these hearings. She may be reached at (916) 654-4489 or, toll free, at 1-800-822-6228; her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
C. Further Information
If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004 at least five days prior to the hearings you wish to attend. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler at (916) 654-4989, or email: email@example.com
Richard Buell, the Commission's Project Manager, will respond to technical questions concerning the High Desert Power Project at (916) 653-1614, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is also available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/highdesert
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to the Hearing Officer, Stanley W. Valkosky, at (916) 654-3893.
III. HEARING ORDER
The following filing schedule shall apply.
Filings shall be served upon all parties to this proceeding and the Commission's Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-4, Sacramento, CA 95814. Each party is responsible for ensuring that its respective submissions are received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the dates indicated. Identify all documents with "Docket No. 97-AFC-1."
DATE EVENT AUGUST 2, 1999 All parties intending to present evidence at any or all of the evidentiary hearings shall submit any desired changes/substitutions/additions to the attached list of witnesses.
In addition, any parties intending to sponsor exhibits for admission into the evidentiary record shall specifically list and identify each such exhibit, including the substantive topic area(s) to which it applies.
AUGUST 16 All parties file direct testimony. SEPTEMBER 1 All parties file rebuttal testimony, as appropriate.
Staff may also conduct such workshops as are desirable or necessary during this period.
Date On-line: July 26, 1999
ROBERT A. LAURIE, Commissioner
High Desert AFC Committee
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
DAVID A. ROHY, Ph.D., Vice Chair
High Desert AFC Committee
TOPIC and WITNESS SCHEDULESeptember 16, 1999 - Evidentiary Hearing
TOPIC WITNESSES PROJECT DESCRIPTION Applicant: Barnett
NEED CONFORMANCE Applicant: Barnett
COMPLIANCE AND CLOSURE Applicant: Barnett
TRANSMISSION SYSTEM ENGINEERING Applicant: Larson
Cal ISO: (presented by Staff [Daschmans])
TRANSMISSION LINE SAFETY AND NUISANCE Applicant: ?
CULTURAL RESOURCES Applicant: Self
PALEONTOLOGIC RESOURCES Applicant: Raschtke
TOPIC and WITNESS SCHEDULESeptember 17, 1999 - Evidentiary Hearing
TOPIC WITNESSES FACILITY DESIGN Applicant: Rausoulevich/ Haslach/Nelson
Staff: Baker/Kisabuli/ McCuen
RELIABILITY Applicant: Rausoulevich/ Haslach/Nelson
EFFICIENCY Applicant: Rausoulevich/ Haslach/Nelson
PUBLIC HEALTH Applicant: ?
WORKER SAFETY AND FIRE PROTECTION Applicant: ?
WASTE MANAGEMENT Applicant: ?
HAZARDOUS MATERIALS MANAGEMENT Applicant: Mullin
TOPIC and WITNESS SCHEDULESeptember 30, 1999 (and, if necessary, October 1, 1999)
TOPIC WITNESSES LAND USE Applicant: Cuellar
NOISE Applicant: Buntin
SOCIOECONOMICS Applicant: McCollum
VISUAL RESOURCES Applicant: Kanemoto
TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION Applicant: Wilson
BIOLOGICAL RESOURCES Applicant: Eton/Keene/ Valerius/Vanherweg/Olson
GAS PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION and OPERATION Applicant: Cook
Southwest Gas: Provenza/ Cook
TOPIC and WITNESS SCHEDULEOctober 7, 1999 (and, if necessary, October 8, 1999)
TOPIC WITNESSES ALTERNATIVES Applicant: Kelly
AIR QUALITY Applicant: Head/Seidler/ Ballentine
Air District: (presented by Staff)
SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES/ WATER SUPPLY/ WATER QUALITY/ USE OF DRY COOLING Applicant: Beebe/Regan
Staff: O'Hagan/ Layton/Bond
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