[California Energy Commission Letterhead]

BEFORE THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION
AND DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION





	
APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION        )     DOCKET NO. 01-AFC-25
OF THE                               )     DATA ADEQUATE 
MALBURG GENERATING STATION           )     MAY 8, 2002
BY THE CITY OF VERNON                )
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC INFORMATIONAL HEARING AND SITE VISIT



The California Energy Commission, a state agency, has exclusive jurisdiction to license power plants that generate 50 megawatts (MW) or more. On May 8, 2002, the Energy Commission began review of the City of Vernon's application for certification of its proposed Malburg Generating Station, a 134-MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant to be located on the site of the City's existing Station A power plant. The Energy Commission is reviewing the proposal under the expedited process established by Public Resources Code section 25550. If approved, the new power plant would be online by 2004.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Energy Commission designated a Committee of two Commissioners to conduct proceedings on the application. The Committee has scheduled a public informational hearing and site visit to discuss the proposed project with the Vernon community as follows:

MONDAY, JULY 1, 2002
Site Visit begins at 5:30 p.m.
Public Informational Hearing begins at 6:30 p.m.

City Council Chambers
Vernon City Hall
4305 Santa Fe Avenue
Vernon, California 90058
[Wheelchair Accessible]

Prior to the informational hearing, members of the public are invited to join the Committee on a tour of the proposed site during daylight hours, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. The Applicant will provide bus transportation from the parking lot to the site, which is about one mile from City Hall. Please contact the Energy Commission's Public Adviser to make bus reservations by calling 1-800-822-6228 or email: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Following the site visit, we will return to City Hall to convene the informational hearing at 6:30 p.m.

Background

On May 8, 2002, the Energy Commission began an expedited review process to consider the application for certification for the Malburg Generating Station (MGS). The expedited review will take approximately six months. During the review period, the Energy Commission will determine whether the proposed project complies with applicable laws related to public health and safety, environmental impacts, and engineering requirements. The informational hearing scheduled by this Notice is sponsored by the Energy Commission to inform the public about the project and to invite public participation in the review process.

Project Description

As proposed, the MGS would be located on the site of the City of Vernon's existing Station A power generating facility at 2715 East 50th Street in Vernon. The project would be constructed on 3.4 acres of the existing 5.9-acre Station A site. This location is within an industrial land use area in the City of Vernon, which is bordered on the north and west by the City of Los Angeles. Nearby local communities include the Cities of Huntington Park and Maywood to the south and the Cities of Commerce and Bell to the east.

The MGS would be constructed, owned, and operated by the City of Vernon. The City has owned and operated its own electric distribution system since 1933. Currently, the City's peak load demand is 190 MW, which is met by a combination of long-term power supply contracts and City-owned generation. MGS would serve the City's electric utility customers and commensurately reduce the City's need to purchase electricity from the wholesale power market. The power plant would interconnect to the existing 69-kV bus in the Vernon Substation onsite.

The MGS would include two gas combustion turbine generators that burn natural gas and a steam turbine generator driven with steam produced by two heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) with supplemental duct burners. Each HRSG would include a 110-foot tall exhaust stack.

The project would utilize dry low NOx combustors, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology, and oxidizing catalysts to reduce air pollutant emissions in accordance with requirements of the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The project would be fueled by natural gas delivered from the existing gas transmission system operated by the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), a California utility. There is no oil backup fuel supply.

Linear facilities include new 1,300-foot long natural gas and sewer pipelines to the existing gas and sewer systems, respectively, and a new 18-inch diameter, 10,000-foot long water supply pipeline to deliver reclaimed water to the site from the Central Basin Municipal Water District (CBMWD). The City would purchase reclaimed water from the CBMWD for cooling tower make-up, which would account for most of the project's water consumption. Project wastewater resulting from the cooling process would be discharged through the new sewer line to the Los Angeles County Sanitation District. Potable water would be required only for fire protection, mechanical processes, and domestic uses and would be discharged through the County's sewer system.

The engineering and environmental details of the proposed project are contained in the application for certification (AFC). Copies of the AFC are available at the following local libraries:

Huntington Park County Library
6518 Miles Avenue
Huntington Park CA 90255
UCLA, University Research Library
Public Affairs Service
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Copies of the AFC were also provided to local public agencies that are involved in the review process.

Purpose of the Informational Hearing

The power plant certification process, which incorporates requirements equivalent to the California Environmental Quality Act, will examine all relevant engineering and environmental aspects of the proposed project. The review process provides a public forum allowing the Applicant, Commission staff, governmental agencies, adjacent landowners, and members of the general public to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the project, and to discuss changes or alternatives as necessary.

The informational hearing is the first in a series of Energy Commission events where members of the community and governmental agencies will have an opportunity to obtain information and offer comments on the proposal. The Applicant will explain plans for developing the proposed site and related facilities. Energy Commission staff will explain the administrative licensing process and its role in reviewing the application. Applicant and Staff will also discuss the schedule and possible issues that may be significant during this proceeding.

Proposed Schedules and Issue Identification Report

To assist participants in understanding the project, Applicant and Staff shall each file a proposed schedule for reviewing the project and Staff shall file an Issue Identification Report ("report") summarizing the potential major issues. The proposed schedules and Staff's report shall be filed no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, June 21, 2002. The parties shall indicate whether anticipated data responses would resolve issues of concern raised in Staff's report. Copies of these documents will be available on the Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/malburg

Public Adviser and Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser is available to assist the public in participating in the certification review process. Members of the public may participate in all aspects of the review process in a variety of ways. If you need information concerning public participation, please contact the Commission's Public Adviser, Roberta Mendonca at (916) 654-4489 or (800) 822-6228 or e-mail: pao@energy.state.ca.us

Information

Technical questions concerning the project should be addressed to Bill Pfanner, the Staff Project Manager, at (916) 654-4206 or e-mail at: bpfanner@energy.state.ca.us

Questions of a legal or procedural nature should be directed to Susan Gefter, the Hearing Officer, at (916) 654-3893 or e-mail at: sgefter@energy.state.ca.us

If you have a disability and need assistance to participate in this event, contact Lourdes Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 or e-mail at: lquiroz@energy.state.ca.us

Media inquiries should be directed to Claudia Chandler, Assistant Executive Director for Media and Public Communications at (916) 654-4989 or e-mail at: energia@energy.ca.gov

Information concerning the status of the project, as well as notices and other relevant documents, may be accessed on the Energy Commission's Internet web page at: www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/malburg

Dated June 3, 2002, at Sacramento, California.

____________________________
JAMES D. BOYD
Commissioner and Presiding Member
Malburg AFC Committee

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ROBERT PERNELL
Commissioner and Associate Member
Malburg AFC Committee






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