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COMMITTEE SCHEDULE

 
SMUD's COSUMNES POWER PLANT PROJECT
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION,
DOCKET NO. 01-AFC-19

Discussion:

At the May 14, 2002, Hearing on Project Status, the Committee was advised by the Commission staff and SMUD (Applicant) of an extensive list of submittals to be performed by the Applicant before it is appropriate to release a Preliminary Staff Assessment for public consideration, and thereafter for a complete Final Staff Assessment. For the purpose of preparing a proceeding Schedule, the Committee notes that many of the critical path information requirements are to be produced by federal or other state agencies upon SMUD's submittal of an application and/or information to such agencies. Some of these applications or submittals were not complete as of the time of the Hearing. Thus, a Schedule must account for SMUD's successful completion of these other agencies' reviews.

The Commission staff and SMUD discussed the information requirements at a subsequent Staff workshop and prepared and jointly submitted a proposed schedule.

Committee Comments:

The Committee has reviewed the information presented at the Hearing on Project Status and the jointly proposed schedule from Staff and SMUD. Based upon SMUD's anticipated submittal of numerous critical path items, the Staff would be able to prepare and publicly release its Preliminary Staff Assessment on or about July 31, 2002. Thereafter, upon the submittal of the remainder of critical path items, particularly the Final Determination of Compliance on Air Quality issues, the Staff would be able to produce its Final Staff Assessment at the end of October 2002.

Both the Preliminary and Final Staff Assessments are vital for meaningful public participation in this proceeding, since they represent not only the consolidated input of other agencies but also the independent review of the Energy Commission's technical staff. Prudence suggests that the Committee not attempt to order a specific schedule for hearings until after the Final Staff Assessment is released, since slippage in the submittal of information for the Preliminary and Final Staff Assessments would adversely affect the remainder of the schedule. However, with a minor modification, the jointly proposed schedule can serve as a guide for activities after the release of the Final Staff Assessment.

Committee Order:

The Committee adopts the attached SMUD Cosumnes AFC Schedule, through the release of the Final Staff Assessment. The Committee directs the Commission Staff to submit monthly status reports, including the

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timeliness of the SMUD submittals in accordance with this Schedule. Following the release of the Final Staff Assessment, the Committee will promulgate a schedule for the Committee hearings and the remainder of the proceeding.


Dated: June 5, 2002

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION

ROBERT PERNELL
Commissioner and Presiding Member
SMUD AFC Committee

ARTHUR H. ROSENFELD
Commissioner and Associate Member
SMUD AFC Committee




SMUD COSUMNES AFC SCHEDULE


DAY

DATE

ACTIVITY

0

11/14/01

Energy Commission determines Application is complete

   

Critical Path Information Items Required from Applicant Prior to a Preliminary Staff Assessment:1

198

5/31/02

  • Additional information along isolated sections of the 26-mile natural gas pipeline (modified Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment)

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May/June

  • Year 2000 radioactive material testing report

208

6/10

  • Complete biological surveys provided to the Energy Commission

208

6/10

  • A Biological Resource Assessment with complete mitigation measures identified provided to the Energy Commission and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

226

6/28

  • Complete cultural resource surveys provided to the Energy Commission

226

6/28

  • Complete cultural resource presence/absence testing results

226

6/28

  • Draft Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC)

226

6/28

  • Sufficient emission reductions to mitigate the project’s impacts

226

6/28

  • Sampling and analysis of the site and laydown areas for hazardous waste

226

6/28

  • Responses to all data requests not previously submitted

259

7/312

Staff files and serves Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA)

272-275

8/13-16

Staff Workshops on PSA (a number of data requests may result from the PSA Workshops)

   

Critical Path Information Items Required from Applicant Prior to a Final Staff Assessment:1

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July/August

  • A Biological Assessment accepted as complete by USFWS and NMFS

271

8/13

  • Draft NPDES permit

208

6/10

  • Draft Section 1601 Streambed Alteration Agreement

208

6/10

  • Draft Section 2081 Incidental Take Permit

306

9/16

  • Responses to data requests and information needs resulting from the PSA and PSA workshops

320

9/30

  • Final Determination of Compliance (FDOC)

342

10/222

Staff Files and Serves Final Staff Assessment

 

TBA

Prehearing Conference

 

TBA

Committee Hearing Order

 

TBA

Testimony Filed and Served

 

TBA

Evidentiary Hearings

 

TBA

Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD); Begin 30-day Public Comment Period

 

TBA

End of Public Comment Period on PMPD

 

Est. mid-March

Decision on PMPD

1IMPORTANT: Applicant's failure to provide such items by the identified date shall result, upon petition by the Applicant, in a day-for-day extension of the schedule until the last critical path item is submitted or, other remedies.

2Energy Commission staff may be able to release the PSA or FSA sooner than stated date if the significant majority of the critical path information items are submitted prior to the last stated date of all critical information items; therefore potentially reducing the overall schedule.



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