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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 site visit to discuss biological resource permitting issues and regional electricity transmission issues. The biology group and the transmission group will meet initially at Brown Field Airport and then depart for the Otay Mesa project site northeast of the intersection of Alta and Otay Mesa Roads.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate. The site visit will be held:

THURSDAY, December 9, 1999
10:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Brown Field Airport Restaurant
Otay Mesa Road,
San Diego, CA

The meeting location and site are wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the site visit. 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 http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

Vice Chair and Presiding Member, ER 96 Standing Committee

Dated: December 6, 1999

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