The Resources Agency of California

Memorandum Date: March 17, 2000
Telephone: ATSS (916) 654-4074

Moss Landing Power Plant Siting Committee:
To: William J. Keese, Presiding Member
File: s:projects/mossland/statusrpt/sr6.doc
Michal C. Moore, Associate Member

From: California Energy Commission
Paul Richins, Jr. 1516 Ninth Street
Energy Commission Project Manager Sacramento, CA 95814-5512


Workshops on the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) were held on March 1, 2000 in Moss Landing and on March 7, 2000 at the Energy Commission. Representatives from Monterey County, California Coastal Commission, Caltrans, Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District, and Duke Energy attended the workshops. The PSA workshops have been completed but additional work to finalize conditions of certification for traffic and transportation, air quality, water resources, biological resources, land use, and cultural resources are taking place.

The Regional Water Quality Control Board technical working group is meeting on March 22, 2000 to review revised draft reports of the Section 316 (a) and (b) studies. Additional draft reports and meetings are scheduled for April. We are hoping that a final report is approved, and a draft permit issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board by April 14, but are not optimistic that these dates will be met.

The Coastal Commission is required by state law to provide a report and recommendation to the Energy Commission on thermal power plants within the coastal zone. This report is referred to as the Section 30413 report. The Coastal Commission will also need the Section 316 (a) and (b) studies before they will be able to complete their water resources and biological resources analysis for their report to the Energy Commission. The Coastal Commission will probably not have completed their Section 30413 report to us for inclusion in the Final Staff Assessment (FSA). However, we are not expecting any new issue(s) not covered in the FSA. Hopefully the Coastal Commission report will be available for the evidentiary hearings.

The Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District will be issuing an amended Preliminary Determination of Compliance by March 24, 2000. After a 30-day review period the district will issue the Final Determination of Compliance (FDOC). We anticipate the FDOC will be issued by the end of April or first week of May. It appears that the timing of the FDOC, and possibly the Section 316 (a) and (b) reports, will cause the FSA to slip for several weeks beyond the Committee schedule.

cc: Moss Landing Power Plant Project Proof of Service List John Torrey, Duke Energy Wayne Hoffman, Duke Energy Bud Carney, Monterey County Alison Dettmer, California Coastal Commission

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