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On August 2, 1999, the Otay Mesa Generating Company, Limited Liability Company filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) to construct and operate the 510-megawatt (MW) Otay Mesa Generating Project. The project is proposed to be located on an undeveloped 15-acre site in the Otay Mesa region of western San Diego County.

The Energy Commission is responsible for reviewing and ultimately approving or denying licenses for thermal electric power plants, 50 MW and greater, proposed for construction in California. The Energy Commission's facility certification process examines public health and safety, environmental impacts and engineering aspects of proposed power plants, and all related facilities such as electric transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and water lines. The Energy Commission's responsibilities are similar and equivalent to those of a lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

In preparation for our Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) of the Otay Mesa Generating Project, the Energy Commission staff will be conducting a workshop to discuss data requests from the Energy Commission staff and San Diego County's staff. Data request areas will include cultural resources, noise, land use, wastewater disposal, biological resources, geological resources, traffic and transportation, hazardous materials handling, socioeconomics, and transmission system engineering. Workshops will be scheduled in the near future to discuss other data request areas such as air quality and water resources.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate.

The workshop will be held:

TUESDAY, November 16, 1999
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
California Department of Transportation
Administration Conference Room
2829 Juan Street
San Diego, California

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop.

Persons who would like information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or e-mail pao@energy.state.ca.us.

Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Eileen Allen, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082, or e-mail eallen@energy.state.ca.us.

Information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's web page at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

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