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Notice of Workshops to Discuss Staff Data Requests and
Air Quality Issues for the
Pittsburg District Energy Facility

The Pittsburg District Energy Facility (PDEF), Limited Liability Company, is proposing to develop a 500 megawatt natural gas-fired power plant. The proposed location for this plant is on a 12-acre site on East 3rd Street, west of the intersection of East 3rd Street and Columbia in the City of Pittsburg in Eastern Contra Costa County. The projectÕs major linear features will include a new natural gas pipeline; a new pipeline for reclaimed water; a new 115 kilovolt transmission line that will interconnect with Pacific Gas and ElectricÕs existing Pittsburg Power Plant substation; and a truck bypass road.

The Energy Commission staff has begun its evaluation of the project. The purpose of the workshops is to discuss staffÕs data requests to obtain additional information and to discuss technical air quality-related issues (possible permit conditions and offset issues). The applicant and public will have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions and participate in the technical discussion. Data requests are being made in the areas of air quality and visual resources. The workshops will be held:

Tuesday, February 9, 1999 and
Thursday, February 11, 1999 *(if necessary)
2 to 4 p.m.
Pittsburg City Hall - Council Chambers
65 Civic Avenue
Pittsburg, California

*To allow ample time for discussion and to encourage public participation two workshops have been scheduled. If you cannot attend the Tuesday workshop, please contact the Public Adviser at the number listed below for assistance in submitting written questions and/or comments. The Thursday workshop will not be held if the agenda items are completed on Tuesday.

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations to attend the workshop, contact Robert Sifuentes at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop. Persons who want information on how to participate in the Commission's review of the project should contact Ms. 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. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Lorraine White, Siting Project Manager, in the Energy Facilities Siting and Environmental Protection Division at (916) 654-4082, or by E-mail at lwhite@energy.state.ca.us. The status of the project and copies of the data requests and project related documents are available on the Energy Commission's Internet page at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/pittsburg. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.

DATE: January 26, 1999 ________________________________
  Vice Chair and Presiding Member

  Mailed to List: 712 and 712a

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