Important Notice to Public
Prehearing Conference topics:
Traffic and Transportation
Transmission Line Safety
Transmission System Engineering
Water Quality & Soils
*Reserved for FSA, Part 2 & 2nd Prehearing
The California Energy Commission SMUD Cosumnes
Committee (Committee) is reviewing an Application
for Certification (AFC) by SMUD to construct two
500 megwatt natural gas-fired combined cycle power
plants near the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant.
The Committee will conduct the first of two Prehearing
Conferences, ultimately covering all impacts of
the proposed power plant. The 1st Prehearing Conference
will address all topics except Biology and Alternatives.
The parties, public, and interested agencies are
encouraged to attend and make comments on the topics
to be discussed listed in the side bar. Written
comments on the topics can be submitted to the Energy
Commission, Docket Unit (01-AFC-19), 1516 - 9th
Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 before February 21,
Documents: The Applicants information concerning
the potential project impacts is found in its AFC
and data responses. In addition, the Staff of the
Energy Commission will publish an independent analysis
on all topics, except Biology and Alternatives,
in the Final Staff Assessment (FSA), Part 1 to be
released no later than February 11, 2003. The FSA,
Part 1 evaluates potential project impacts, mitigation,
and proposed conditions of certification for each
topic listed in the side bar, except Biology and
Alternatives, which are to be addressed in the FSA,
Part 2. The release of the FSA, Part 2 and subsequent
proceedings on Biology and Alternatives are keyed
to the acceptance as complete by federal agencies
of SMUD's Biological Assessment on the natural gas
pipeline route and laydown area.
The FSA, Parts 1 and 2 will be available in a printed
version as well as for viewing on the Energy Commission
You can obtain a printed copy of the Final Staff
Assessment by contacting Project Manager, Kristy
Chew, at 916-654-3929 or e-mail at: [email@example.com].
Prehearing Conference Date
Friday, February 21, 2003
2:00 p.m. Time changed to 5 p.m.
Rancho Seco Conference Room (Handicapped Accessible)
14440 Twin Cities Road
Herald, California 95638
As a convenience, parties and members of the public
who cannot attend the hearing in person may participate
by calling the toll-free number for the proceeding:
1-888-790-1641. (Passcode: "SMUD." Leader:
Prehearing Conference - Purpose:
The Committee will conduct a Prehearing Conference
to assess readiness for evidentiary hearings, to
identify areas of agreement and dispute, and discuss
procedures for the evidentiary hearing. Only parties
may present evidence that will become part of the
record upon which the Committees Proposed
Decision is based. Members of the public, groups,
or agencies may petition to become an intervenor
in the proceeding. (See below for details and deadline)
Prehearing Conference - Procedures:
Prehearing Conference Statements
filed by February 19, 2003
During the Prehearing Conference, the Hearing Officer
will maintain a list of topics (See Appendix A)
which will include, among other things, an indication
of whether any party requests an opportunity to
present evidence or cross-examine a witness on that
topic and the nature of the expected testimony.
Any party intending to present
a witness at the evidentiary hearing shall file
and serve a statement identifying the issue to be
presented and the name of the witness(es) on or
before February 19, 2003. The statement shall include
a description of any potential legal issue and a
description of the factual evidence potentially
in dispute and the nature of the party's intended
Becoming an "Intervenor"
Anyone with a legitimate interest relevant to the
siting of the proposed power plant may file a Petition
to Intervene and become a formal party to this proceeding.
Party status provides the rights to present independent
evidence, receive pertinent documents, and cross-examine
witnesses; it also imposes the duty to comply with
various orders, procedures, and filing requirements,
as well as be subject to cross-examination by other
In this proceeding, a Petition to Intervene shall
be filed no later than February 21, 2003. The Energy
Commission, through its Public Adviser's office,
will assist anyone interested in preparing a Petition
Contact Roberta Mendonca, the Public Adviser, at
916-654-4489 or toll-free 800-822-6228 or by e-mail
March 13 & 14, 2003,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Location to be announced).
(toll free in California)
Members of the public may participate in all phases
of the licensing process in a variety of ways. If
you need information concerning public participation,
please contact Roberta Mendonca, the Energy Commissions
Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or, toll free in
California, at 800-822-6228, or by e-mail at: [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Persons requiring special assistance contact Lou
Quiroz, (916) 654-5146, prior to the hearing.
Information concerning the status of the project,
notices, and other relevant documents are available
on the Commissions Web Site at:
Technical questions concerning the project should
be addressed to the Energy Commission Staffs
Project Manager, Kristy Chew, at 916-654-3929 or
e-mail at: [email@example.com].
Questions of a legal or procedural nature should
be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer,
at 916-654-3893 or e-mail 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 by
e-mail at: [email@example.com].