[Workshop Notice Letterhead]

Air Quality and Cooling Workshop (01-AFC-24)

Purpose: On August 28, 2002, the staff of the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) filed its draft independent analysis of the Palomar Energy Project (PEP). The staff's draft analysis, known as the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA), found that significant impacts related to ozone and particulate matter (PM10) will not be mitigated. On October 15, the applicant plans to file a revised PM10 mitigation proposal. The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the proposal with the applicant, the San Diego Air Pollution Control District staff, and other interested parties. In addition, the Committee has ordered staff to include an analysis of alternative cooling options in its Final Staff Assessment. The workshop will also address issues relating to the proposed use of reclaimed water in wet cooling towers for this project and alternative cooling options.
When: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Location: California Center for the Arts
(Adjacent to Escondido City Hall) [wheelchair accessible]
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92025
Project Summary: On November 28, 2001, Palomar Energy LLC filed an Application for Certification (AFC) for its proposed PEP seeking approval to construct and operate a 546 MW natural gas-fired, combined-cycle electric generating facility. The PEP is under the permitting authority of the Energy Commission and would be located on a vacant 20-acre site within a proposed 186-acre industrial park in the City of Escondido, San Diego County, California. The industrial park project, known as the Escondido Research and Technology Center (ERTC), is currently undergoing land use permitting and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, with the City of Escondido as Lead Agency. The PEP site is located west of Interstate 15 and south of State Highway 78, about 600 feet southwest of the intersection of Vineyard Avenue and Enterprise Street.
Public Participation: The public is encouraged to participate and provide comments. 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, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at: PAO@energy.state.ca.us. If you require special accommodations, contact Lourdes Quiroz at least five days prior to the workshop at (916) 654-5146.
Agency Participation: The Energy Commission staff encourages attendance by representatives of those federal, state, and local agencies that have either direct or indirect interests in the purposes of this workshop.
Questions: General information on the proposed power plant is available on the Energy Commission's Web Site at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/palomar. Inquiries about the project schedule or analysis should be directed to Bob Eller, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 651-8835, or e-mail at: beller@energy.state.ca.us. News media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Director, at (916) 654-4989, or e-mail at energia@energy.ca.gov.

DATE ON LINE: October 11, 2002

Commissioner and Presiding Member
_____ Power Project AFC Committee

Mailed to lists: POS, 7152, 7153, 7154

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