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Energy Resources
Conservation and Development Commission

Notice of Availability
Final Staff Assessment/Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Sutter Power Plant Project
Application For Certification (97-AFC-2)

On October 19, 1998, the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) and Western Area Power Administration (Western) filed the Final Staff Assessment (FSA)/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Sutter Power Plant Project (SPP). The Calpine Corporation (Calpine) is proposing to construct and operate a 500 MW natural gas fueled electric generation power plant. The proposed project is to be located about seven miles southwest of Yuba City on South Township Road near Best Road.

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 power plant and related facilities, such as the electric transmission line, natural gas pipeline and transmission switching station, are under the Energy Commissions siting authority. The Energy Commission will act as lead state agency under CEQA. Since the project is also planned to interconnect to Western's transmission system, Western is acting as lead federal agency under NEPA.

Sutter County is actively participating in the review of the proposed project as it will require a General Plan Amendment (GPA 97-04) and a change in the zoning (97-07). Sutter County staff has indicated that they will utilize the environmental documents produced jointly by the Energy Commission and Western as the environmental documentation for the decisions they will be making on Calpine's request for a General Plan Amendment and zoning change on their 77 acre parcel.

The FSA/Draft EIS contains the environmental and engineering evaluation and analysis of both the construction and operation of the project. The document contains a discussion of applicable laws, ordinances, regulations and standards; a description of the project and the environmental setting; identification and discussion of the issues; an analysis of potential impacts; and recommended mitigation. Commissioners Michal Moore and William Keese will be conducting publicly noticed evidentiary hearings on the project during November.

Copies of the FSA/Draft EIS are available for review at the Sutter County Community Services Department and the Sutter County Library. The entire document is also on the Energy Commission's web page (see web site address below). If you would like a copy of the FSA/Draft EIS, please fill out the enclosed form and return it to: California Energy Commission, Luz Manriquez-Uresti, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-15, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Persons wanting information on how to participate in the Energy Commission's review of the project should contact Ms. Roberta Mendonca, the Energy 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, Jr., Energy Commission Project Manager, at (916) 654-4074, or E-mail at prichins@energy.state.ca.us. The FSA/Draft EIS and other relevant documents are available on the Energy Commission's Internet web site at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/sutterpower. News media inquiries should be directed to Assistant Executive Director, Claudia Chandler.

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