The power plant and related facilities, such as the electric transmission line, natural gas pipeline and water lines, are under the Energy Commission's siting authority. The power plant certification process examines engineering and environmental aspects of power plant proposals and contains requirements similar to those contained in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The first phase of the certification process consists of Energy Commission staff and agency reviewing the AFC to determine whether or not the AFC contains the information required by the Energy Commission's data adequacy regulations. [Cal. Code Regs., tit. 20, § 1704, Appendix B] On July 22, 1997, the Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to discuss staff's preliminary data adequacy review comments on the AFC. The first part of the workshop will be used to provide a brief overview of the Energy Commission's certification process and to provide information on how members of the public can participate in the process.
Persons wanting information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project, should contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228.
Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Richard K. Buell, Siting Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting & Environmental Protection Division, at (916) 653-1614, or E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The status of the project and other relevant documents is available on the Energy Commission's Internet home page at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/highdesert.
News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.
DATE: July 8, 1997
ROBERT L. THERKELSEN, Deputy Director for
Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection
Mailed to List: 707 NT072297.w52