In the Matter of: ) Docket No. 99-AFC-7 ) Application for Certification ) NOTICE OF COMMITTEE for the Pastoria Energy Facility ) STATUS CONFERENCE -and- (Enron North America Corp.) ) NOTICE OF PREHEARING ____________________________________) CONFERENCE
I. NOTICE OF COMMITTEE STATUS CONFERENCE and
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Committee designated to conduct proceedings in the above-captioned matter has scheduled a public Status Conference and a public Prehearing Conference, as follows:
II. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
Members of the general public and interested agencies are encouraged to attend and comment at both events or call the respective phone numbers listed above for teleconference participation.
III. PURPOSE OF STATUS CONFERENCE
On April 10, 2000, the Committee issued a scheduling Order that lists a series of events that must occur to complete the certification review in a timely manner. On July 14, Staff filed its Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) on schedule. The PSA identified several topics that require additional information for Staff to complete its analyses, including air quality, biological resources, water resources, land use, and visual resources.
The purpose of the status conference is to discuss the timetable for obtaining information required to complete Staff's analyses. In particular, the parties should be prepared to discuss the following:
The Committee will also consider schedule proposals for the remainder of this proceeding.
IV. PURPOSE OF PREHEARING CONFERENCE
The Prehearing Conference provides an opportunity for the parties and interested agencies to identify which substantive topics in this proceeding are not in dispute, which topics require further analysis, and which topics require adjudication at the Committee's evidentiary hearings. (Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1718.5.) Members of the public may attend and comment on any topic discussed at this event.
The Prehearing Conference is a public forum where the Committee will assess the parties' readiness for evidentiary hearings, identify areas of agreement or dispute, and discuss the procedures that are necessary to conclude the certification process. In this regard, the Committee directs the parties to present their respective positions on the matters mentioned above, and to discuss future filing dates for testimony and other evidentiary documents, briefing and comment periods, and other related items.
Prehearing Conference Statements
To facilitate the process, each party shall serve and file a Prehearing Conference Statement. The Statements must be received by the other parties and the Commission's Docket Unit, 1516 Ninth Street, MS 4, Sacramento, California 95814-5512, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2000. Identify these Statements with "Docket No. 99-AFC-7."
Each Statement shall specify:
Petitions to Intervene to Become a Formal Party
The Decision on the Pastoria Energy Facility will be based on the official record developed at the evidentiary hearings where the parties will present testimony under oath and offer documents as evidence. Only formal parties may present testimony, cross-examine witnesses, and offer documentary evidence at the evidentiary hearings.
Anyone with a legitimate interest relevant to the siting of the proposed project may file a Petition to Intervene with the Committee to become an "Intervenor" or formal party to the proceeding. Party status provides the following rights to Intervenors: the right to present independent testimony and documentary evidence; to receive pertinent documents; and to cross-examine witnesses. Party status also carries certain obligations, which include the duty to comply with Committee orders, procedures, and filing requirements, as well as being subject to cross-examination by other parties.
The Public Adviser's Office will assist any person or organization that is interested in preparing a Petition to Intervene. Commission regulations provide that a Petition to Intervene should be filed at least 30 days prior to the beginning of evidentiary hearings. [Title 20, California Code of Regulations, Section 1207(b).] Petitions to Intervene in this case should be filed no later than Wednesday, August 23, 2000. Typically, time extensions for new Intervenors to review existing case materials are not granted after the deadline, since to do so could delay the proceeding.
How to Intervene
Those desiring information or assistance in filing a Petition to Intervene or to otherwise participate in this proceeding, please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or email at: email@example.com
V. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
As stated above, individuals desiring information or assistance in filing a Petition to Intervene or to otherwise participate in this proceeding may contact Roberta Mendonca, the Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Kae Lewis, the Commission Staff's Project Manager at (916) 654-4176 or email at: email@example.com
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Committee's Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or email at: email@example.com
Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, is available on the Energy Commission's Internet homepage at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pastoria
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
ROBERT A. LAURIE
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Pastoria Energy Facility AFC Committee
MICHAL MOORE, Ph.D.
Commissioner and Associate Member
Pastoria Energy Facility AFC Committee