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On May 7, 1999, Duke Energy Power Services filed an Application for Certification (99-AFC-4) for the proposed Moss Landing Power Plant Project. The proposed 1,060 megawatt electric generation facility will burn natural gas and is proposed to be located at the existing Moss Landing Power Plant site in Monterey County.

The Final Staff Assessment (FSA) contains the California Energy Commission staff's environmental and engineering evaluation of the project. This will be used as staff's testimony for the upcoming evidentiary hearings. Evidentiary hearings, leading to a final decision on the project, will be separately noticed. Public comment is encouraged at the hearings, and time will be allotted for public comment.

Staff's FSA analyses will be published in three parts. Part 1 consists of the following 17 technical areas, which staff considers substantially complete:

Need Conformance Waste Management
Public Health Geology and Paleontology
Hazardous Materials Handling Facility Design
Transmission Line Safety & Nuisance Reliability
Traffic and Transportation Efficiency
Noise Transmission System Engineering
Cultural Resources Worker Safety and Fire Protection
Visual Resources General Conditions/Compliance

These topic areas were the subjects of workshop discussions in early 2000. Staff has received written comments from various parties on these sections. Staff's conclusions, recommendations and proposed conditions of certification for these topic areas have been modified, as staff deemed appropriate, to address these comments. Staff does not expect there to be any major controversy in the topic areas.

Five technical areas, Air Quality, Land Use, Soil and Water Resources, Biological Resources, and Alternatives are incomplete. Air Quality and Land Use will be addressed in Part 2 of the FSA, to be published on May 31, 2000. Soil & Water Resources, Biological Resources and Alternatives will be published on June 6, 2000.

The FSA document is also available on the Energy Commission's web site (see below) and in alternative format upon request. If you would like a copy of the FSA, please fill out the enclosed form (not available on line) and return it to California Energy Commission, Attention: Sharee Knight, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814-5512, phone (916) 654-4184.

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, Acting Project Manager, at (916) 653-1614. The FSA and other relevant documents are available on the Energy Commission's Internet web site at:


Download Final Staff Assessment, Part 1
(Adobe Acrobat PDF file, 323 pages, 712 kilobytes, NOTE: The cover is not yet available.)

News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

DATE ON LINE: May 23, 2000

ROBERT L. THERKELSEN, Deputy Director for
Energy Facilities Siting and
Environmental Protection

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