[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

Otay Mesa Generating Project
Preliminary Staff Assessment
Biological Resources

Purpose:     The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff released the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the Otay Mesa Generating Project (99-AFC-5) on May 3, 2000. The PSA can be viewed on the Energy Commission web site at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa. Staff will conduct a workshop on August 23, 2000, covering the Biological Resources technical area contained in the PSA. The public is invited to attend the workshop and is encouraged to make comments. Written comments on the PSA will be accepted through August 23, 2000, and should be mailed to Eileen Allen, Project Manager, at the California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814. A Comment Form is provided for your convenience. The Final Staff Assessment will reflect comments received from the public.


Biological Resources


Wednesday, August 23, 2000


1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.


California Department of Fish & Game
4949 Viewridge Avenue
San Diego, California
(the location is wheelchair accessible)

Project Summary:     On August 2, 1999, the Otay Mesa Generating Company, LLC filed an Application for Certification (AFC) seeking approval from the California Energy Commission to construct and operate the proposed 510-megawatt (MW) Otay Mesa Generating Project. The project is proposed to be located in the East Otay Mesa region of western San Diego County. The site is located northeast of the intersection of Otay Mesa and Alta Roads; about 15 miles southeast of San Diego and about 1.5 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. The project, as proposed by the Otay Mesa Generating Company, LLC, consists of building a nominal 510-megawatt natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant.

Public Participation:     For information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the proposed project, 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.

If you require special accommodations, contact Robert Sifuentes, Equal Employment Officer, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop.

Questions:     General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's website at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa. Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Eileen Allen, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082.

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

DATE ON LINE: August 15, 2000

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