Notice of Conference on Proposed Decision & Continued Evidentiary Hearing
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Notice of Conference on
Proposed Decision
& Continued Evidentiary Hearing


This NOTICE contains the date and location, as well as procedures, for:

  1. Committee Conference for Comments on Presiding Member's Proposed Decision
  2. Continued Evidentiary Hearing on Air Quality
Comments on the
Presiding Member's
Proposed Decision:

Public Comments
Deadline: October 1,

The Valero AFC Committee released its Presiding Member's Proposed Decision (PMPD) on Valero's Cogeneration Project on August 30, 2001. The Proposed Decision recommends granting the Application for Certification with conditions that mitigate potential environmental and community impacts.

Printed copies of the PMPD are available from the Commission's Publications Unit, 1516 9th Street, MS-13, Sacramento, CA 95814. You may telephone the Publications Unit at (916) 654-5200 and ask for Publication No. P800-01-021. The PMPD may also be viewed on the Commission Internet Web Site at:

Members of the public and interested governmental agencies may submit written comments on the Proposed Decision. The public comment period ends October 1, 2001. All comments (an original and 11 copies) must be received no later than close of business by the Commission's Docket Unit, 1516 9th Street, MS-9, Sacramento, CA 95814. Identify Docket No. 01-AFC-5.

Committee Conference -
Date & Place:

The Committee will also hold a public conference to receive comments on the PMPD as follows:

Friday, September 28, 2001
Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Benicia City Hall, Commission Room
250 East L Street
Benicia, California

Applicant, staff, and all other formal parties wishing to participate at this conference are requested to file and serve written comments on the PMPD, excluding Air Quality, by September 21, 2001.

Members of the general public attending this conference are not required to submit their comments in writing. The deadline for public comments by mail or e-mail is October 1, 2001.

Continued Evidentiary
Hearing -
Date and Place:

Friday, September 28, 2001
Beginning after the Committee Conference (approx. 11:00 a.m.)
Benicia City Hall, Commission Room
250 East L Street
Benicia, California

Continued Evidentiary
Hearing - Air Quality:

The purpose of the evidentiary hearing is to establish the record on Air Quality issues through the taking of oral, written or documentary evidence under oath from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), Applicant, Commission staff, and others. The taking of testimony will be preceded by discussion of Air Quality issues and their potential resolution.

Any witness must appear in person to testify under oath and may be subject to cross-examination by other parties. A party sponsoring an expert witness, either by declaration or in person, shall establish the witness' qualifications.

Direct testimony, other than the BAAQMD's Final Determination of Compliance, must be filed and served not later than September 24, 2001.

Electronic Submission
of PMPD Comments &

To assist the Committee in the preparation of the Final Decision, each party submitting comments on the Presiding Member's Proposed Decision on or before September 21, 2001, shall submit them electronically and, in particular for requested textual changes, in red-line, strike-out Word 97-compatable format. Similarly, any evidence shall be submitted in electronic form not later than September 24, 2001.


(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 Commission's Public Adviser, at 916-654-4489 or, toll free in California, at 800-822-6228, or by e-mail at:

Information concerning the status of the project, notices and other relevant documents are available on the Commission's Web Site at:


Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to the Energy Commission Staff's Project Manager, Jack Caswell, at (916) 654-4206 or e-mail at:

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Garret Shean, the Hearing Officer, at 916-654-3893 or e-mail at:

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:

Dated: September 14, 2001


Commissioner and Presiding Member
Valero AFC Committee

Commissioner and Associate Member
Valero AFC Committee

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