Notice of public hearing
[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


STATE OF CALIFORNIA

Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission




NOTICE OF INSIGNIFICANT PROJECT CHANGE MODIFICATION OF PROJECT DESCRIPTION AT THE MAGNOLIA POWER PLANT MAGNOLIA POWER PROJECT (01-AFC-6C)

On August 29, 2003, the Project Owner, Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), submitted a petition to the Energy Commission to add two additional offsite laydown areas for the storage of equipment and for additional parking.

The Magnolia Power Project (MPP) is a 250 MW, natural gas-fired power plant that was certified in March 2003; start of construction began in July 2003 and commercial operation is scheduled for May 2005. MPP is located in the City of Burbank, Los Angeles County, California.

DESCRIPTION OF REQUESTED CHANGE

Magnolia is requesting approval of the following modification to the project description:

Adding Two Laydown Areas: The additional laydown sites are necessary to store equipment and materials associated with construction. The Burbank Airport property is approximately four acres, relatively flat and is currently vacant. This site will be used for storage of miscellaneous materials and compoents that do not require specialized handling equipment or specialized transport. The Americold property is a 2.43 acre rectangle site located at 10 West Magnolia Blvd., and is owned by the City of Burbank and has a large square foot storage building located within the site. This site will require some demolition, build up, and relocation of railroad tracks. This site is intended for use to off load railroad deliveries for the construction of MPP.

ENERGY COMMISSION REVIEW PROCESS

MPP conducted extensive surveys for potential environmental impacts on both sites. Commission staff completed their analysis, concurred with the results of MPP's surveys and concluded that any impacts would be addressed by using best management practices and meeting the requirements of the Conditions of Certification as provided in the Commission Decision.

Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval for the change is not required if Energy Commission staff determines that the modification will: (1) not have a significant effect on the environment, (2) not result in a change or deletion of a condition of certification, and (3) not cause the project not to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards.

Energy Commission staff have determined that the proposed addition of two offsite laydown areas comply with the foregoing criteria because:

  • The modifications will not have a significant effect on the environment, and the existing conditions of certification are adequate to avoid or minimize potential environmental impacts of the proposed modifications,
  • No changes to, or deletion of, an existing condition of certification will be required,
  • The additional laydown areas are in compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or standards, and
  • These additional laydown sites are necessary to store equipment and materials associated with construction of MPP.

Any person may file a written objection to staff's determination on the grounds that the project modification does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). All objections must be sent either by U.S. mail or other document delivery service to Ila Lewis, Compliance Project Manager, at the address above, or by fax at (916) 654-3882. If no substantive objection is received by 5:00 P.M. on October 31, 2003, the requested project change will be approved.

If you have questions about this notice, please contact Ila Lewis at (916) 654-4678, or fax (916) 654-3882, or e-mail ilewis@energy.state.ca.us.



Dated: Date: October 16, 2003.


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TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division






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