[California Energy Commission Letterhead]


NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF THE AIR QUALITY
PRELIMINARY STAFF ASSESSMENT
FOR THE OTAY MESA GENERATING PROJECT (99-AFC-5)


On August 18, 2000, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff filed its Air Quality Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) for the proposed Otay Mesa Generating Project (OMGP), a nominal 510 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired electric generation facility. This document completes the staff's PSA for the OMGP, with the PSA for the other technical areas filed on May 3, 2000. The OMGP will be located in western San Diego County, approximately 15 miles southeast of San Diego, California, and 1.5 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. This Air Quality PSA contains the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) staff's air quality evaluation of the Otay Mesa Generating Company, LLC's (the applicant) Application for Certification (AFC) (99-AFC-5) for the OMGP. The OMGP electric generating plant and related facilities, such as the electric transmission line, natural gas pipeline and water lines, are under the Energy Commission's jurisdiction and cannot be constructed or operated without the Energy Commission's certification.


SUMMARY OF THE PRELIMINARY STAFF ASSESSMENT

Staff is an independent party in the proceedings. This PSA is a staff document, and it examines engineering and environmental aspects of the project. The PSA contains analyses similar to those contained in Environmental Impact Reports required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The PSA presents staff's air quality conclusions, recommendations and proposed conditions that would apply to the design, construction, operation, and closure of the proposed facility, if the project was certified. Staff believes its analysis of the power plant is substantially complete for the air quality area, and it will be scheduling an air quality PSA workshop in the San Diego area in early September, 2000. Staff's conclusions, recommendations and proposed conditions of certification for these topic areas may be modified based on those workshop discussions.


AVAILABILITY OF THE PRELIMINARY STAFF ASSESSMENT

The PSA is available on the Energy Commission's Internet site at, www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa/documents. Copies of the PSA are also available for public inspection at public libraries in the project area:

San Diego Public Library South Chula Vista Library Otay Mesa Branch
920 E Street 389 Orange Avenue 3003 Coronado Ave.
San Diego, CA 62101 Chula Vista, CA 91911 San Diego, CA 92154

Copies are also available at the Energy Commission's Library in Sacramento, the California State Library in Sacramento, and, as required by law, at public libraries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, and Eureka. In addition, copies will be distributed to those public agencies that have or would have jurisdiction but for the Energy Commission's exclusive authority to certify power plants and related facilities. If you want additional information on how to obtain a copy of the PSA for review, please refer to the contacts.


PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

During the next few months, the Energy Commission will hold public workshops and conduct hearings on the proposal to determine whether the project should be approved for construction and operation and under what conditions. These workshops and hearings will provide the public as well as local, state and federal agencies the opportunity to ask questions about and provide input on the proposed project. If you are not currently receiving these notices and want to be placed on the mailing list, please contact Eileen Allen, Siting Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082, or email at eallen@energy.state.ca.us. A public workshop to discuss this Air Quality PSA will be held early September, 2000. You may also provide any written comments you may have on the PSA using the enclosed Public and Agency Comment Form. Please send your comments to Eileen Allen, the Energy Commission's Siting Project Manager for the Otay Mesa Generating Project.


CONTACTS

Persons requiring information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project should contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, (800) 822-6228, or email pao@energy.state.ca.us. Technical or scheduling questions should be directed to Eileen Allen, Siting Project Manager, at (916) 654-4082, or email at eallen@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project and other relevant documents are available on the Energy Commission's Internet page at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/otaymesa. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.



DATE ON LINE: August 21, 2000


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






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