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COMMISSION COMMITTEE ISSUES PROPOSED DECISION; PUBLIC INVITED TO ATTEND COMMITTEE CONFERENCE ON CROCKETT COGENERATION PROJECT

 SACRAMENTO, April 9 /PRNewswire/ -- A committee of the state Energy Commission issued today its Proposed Decision on the Crockett Cogeneration project, which will be heard by the full Energy Commission at its meeting on April 26, 1993. The Proposed Decision is the document presented to the full five-member Energy Commission for the Commission's final decision.
 The Proposed Decision cites benefits to the local economy and introduction of an efficient, clean energy technology in the report's recommendation to license the 240-megawatt project proposed at the C&H Sugar Refinery in Crockett, Contra Costa County by Energy National Inc.
 After evaluating comments during the 45-day review period, the Committee concluded that the Crockett Cogeneration project -- likely to spur economic growth and create more than 300 construction jobs in the area -- complies with all state, regional and local environmental laws. Furthermore, the Proposed Decision states that implementing recommended mitigation measures and conditions of certification will eliminate any significant impacts on the environment. The Proposed Decision was prepared by a Commission Committee comprised of energy commissioners Richard A. Bilas and Sally Rakow.
 According to the Proposed Decision, the Bay Area Quality Management District's final Determination of Compliance on the project confirmed their preliminary findings that the project complies with air quality laws and improves regional and local air quality by shutting down the old C&H Sugar Refinery oil-fired boilers and displacing older, more polluting Pacific Gas and Electric Co. power plants.
 The proposed facility will also provide for the construction of a public pier along the waterfront, landscaping, undergrounding of existing overhead utilities in certain areas and painting the existing C&H Sugar bins.
 The Proposed Decision includes an innovative provision that creates a "Crockett Compliance Committee" composed of two energy commissioners with oversight over the special compliance procedures and construction process for one year after the plant begins producing electricity. These special compliance procedures include encouraging economic opportunities for local merchants, increasing local understanding of the project construction process and providing an easy process for resolving public complaints.
 The Energy Commission's public participation process and streamlined licensing for the certification of energy facilities has served as a model for encouraging public comment in the case. More than 75 staff workshops, formal hearings and collateral meetings with area residents, local elected officials and other interested parties have been held since the project was accepted for review by the commission, April 1992. Eight of the 11 evidentiary hearings and the majority of the workshops and meetings were held in the Crockett area to encourage public participation.
 In the weeks ahead the public will have further opportunities to comment on the applicant's proposal. During the following 17-day review period, an additional committee conference has been scheduled for April 21 at the Vallejo City Council Chambers for the committee to receive public comments. The Proposed Decision will be considered by the full Energy Commission in Sacramento at the April 26 business meeting.
 Information on public participation in the project's certification process can be obtained by calling the Energy Commission's public adviser's office toll free at 800-822-6228.
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 /CONTACT: Susanne Garfield or Angela Blanchette of the California Energy Commission, 916-654-4989/


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