[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Morro Bay Power Plant Project Biological Resources Workshop (00-AFC-12)

Purposes: The Energy Commission is continuing its Application for Certification (AFC) process for the modernized Morro Bay Power Plant (00-AFC-12). Energy Commission staff has issued Parts I and II of its Final Staff Assessment (FSA) for all topics except biological resources and project alternatives which will be addressed in the upcoming FSA Part III that is expected to be released in late April.

The first day of the workshop will be a discussion of staff's draft assessment titled Appendix A: Morro Bay Power Plant Cooling Options Report (January 7, 2002) which evaluates mitigation options for impacts to aquatic biological resources resulting from the Morro Bay Power Plant's proposed once-through cooling technology. The second day will feature a discussion on the impacts and mitigation options for terrestrial biological resources.

The public is invited to atttend this workshop and make written or oral comments. All documents mentioned above are on the Commission's Web Site at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay/. If hardcopy is required, please contact the Project Manager, Marc Pryor at (916) 653-0159.

When: Wednesday, March 20, 2002: Cooling Water Options
(If necessary, this topic will be continued the morning of March 21.)

Thursday, March 21, 2002:
Terrestrial Biological Resources

Location: Morro Bay Community Center (both days)
1001 Kennedy Way, Multi-Purpose Room

Morro Bay, California 93442
(805) 772- 6278
This location is wheelchair accessible.

Time: Wednesday 9:00a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. to no later than 4:00 p.m.

Project Summary: Duke Energy, LLC proposes to construct and operate the Morro Bay Power Plant, a 1,200 MW, natural gas-fired, combined-cycle power plant. The proposed site is at the existing 1,030 MW Morro Bay Power Plant site, formerly owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The project site is located on the coast in the City of Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo County. The project includes the demolition of the current fuel oil tank farm, plant building and 450-foot stacks.

Public Participation: For information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the proposed project, or if you require special accommodations, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the 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. For special accommodations, please contact the Public Adviser at least five days prior to the workshop.

Agency Participation: Energy Commission staff encourages attendance by representatives of those agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the purposes of this workshop.

Questions: General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's website at http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/morrobay/ . Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Marc Pryor, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 653-0159, or by e-mail at mpryor@energy.state.ca.us . News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at mediaoffice@energy.state.ca.us .



DATE: __________________ ________________________
Presiding Member

Mailed to Lists: Morro Bay POS, 721, 729, 730

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