NOTICE OF INSIGNIFICANT PROJECT CHANGE
TO MODIFY A PORTION OF THE BRINE RETURN PIPELINE ROUTE FOR THE
PALOMAR ENERGY PROJECT (01-AFC-24C)
On November 17, 2004, the California Energy Commission received a petition from Palomar Energy, LLC to modify the Palomar Energy Project. The 546-megawatt project was certified on August 6, 2003 and construction was initiated on June 1, 2004. The project is currently 10 percent complete. The facility is located in the City of Escondido, San Diego County.
DESCRIPTION OF PROPOSED MODIFICATIONS
Palomar Energy, LLC is seeking approval to modify a portion of the brine return pipeline route to comply with County and State Health Department regulations regarding separation criteria for domestic and brine-water pipelines. The additional route will be approximately 2,400 feet in length and will be located entirely within existing roadways. This modification has been reviewed by the San Diego County Health Department, the Rincon del Diablo Municipal Water District and the City of Escondido Public Works Department. Final approvals from these agencies will be issued prior to construction.
ENERGY COMMISSION STAFF REVIEW PROCESS
Pursuant to section 1769(a)(2), Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Energy Commission approval for the modification is not required if Energy Commission staff determine that:
- There is no possibility that the modification may have a significant effect on the environment, and
- The modification will not result in a change or deletion of a condition of certification, or make changes that would cause the project not to comply with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations, or standards.
Energy Commission staff has determined that the proposed modification meets these criteria because:
- The modification will not have any significant effect on the environment because the original route and the proposed new route are located entirely within existing roadways.
- Existing conditions of certification are sufficient to cover the proposed modification without changes to or deletion of a condition of certification; and
- The modification will maintain full compliance with applicable laws, ordinances, regulations or standards.
Any person may file a written objection to staff's determination within 14 days of service of this notice on the grounds that the project modification does not meet the criteria set forth in Section 1769(a)(2). All objections must be in writing and must be sent either by U.S. mail, e-mail, or other document delivery service to Connie Bruins, Compliance Project Manager, at the address shown below:
California Energy Commission
1516 9th Street, MS 2000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Comments may be submitted by fax to (916) 654-3882, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. If no substantive objection is received in writing by 5:00 p.m. on December 13, 2004, the requested project modifications will be deemed approved, and a description of the change will be placed in the project file.
If you have questions about this notice, please contact Connie Bruins at (916) 654-4545, or by fax or e-mail using the above information.
Dated: November 22, 2004
TERRENCE O'BRIEN, Deputy Director
Systems Assessment & Facilities Siting Division
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