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On July 1, 1998, the California Energy Commission and Western Area Power Administration (Western) jointly filed the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA) on the Sutter Power Plant Project (SPP). On July 30, 1998, the Feather River Air Quality Management District issued the Draft Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC) for air quality. This notice schedules a workshop to discuss air quality issues associated with the proposed facility, the PDOC and the PSA.

The public is encouraged to attend and participate. The workshop will be held at the time and location noted below:

TUESDAY, September 15, 1998
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Community Building
1425 Circle Drive
Yuba City, California

The Energy Commission and Western are currently reviewing the SPP Application for Certification. The project, as proposed by Calpine Corporation, is a 500 megawatt (MW), natural gas-fired power plant in Sutter County. The plant is proposed to be built adjacent to Calpine's existing 49.5 MW Greenleaf Unit No. 1 gas-fired cogeneration facility, located about seven miles southwest of Yuba City. In addition, the project will require construction of a new, 13.4 mile, natural gas pipeline and a 5.7 mile electric transmission line. Because the project will interconnect with Western's 230 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission system, the review will be completed jointly with Western.

To minimize duplication and regulatory delay, the Energy Commission and Western are completing a joint review and a joint California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)/National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document. The Energy Commission is the lead state agency under CEQA and Western is the lead federal agency under NEPA.

Sutter County is also actively participating in the review of the proposed project as Calpine has requested a General Plan Amendment (GPA 97-04), a change in the zoning (97-07) and a use permit (98-06). Sutter County Community Services Department staff has indicated that they will utilize the jointly prepared analysis of the Energy Commission and Western as the environmental documentation for their actions.

The location of the meeting is wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations contact Robert Sifuentes, at (916) 654-5004, at least five days prior to the workshop. Persons who would like 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. Technical or project schedule questions should be directed to Paul Richins, Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or E-mail at prichins@energy.state.ca.us. Information about the project is available on the Energy Commission's web page at www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sutterpower. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler, at (916) 654-4989.


Commissioner and Presiding Member

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