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WASHINGTON STATE ENERGY OFFICE: APPLICATION TO SITE THE COWLITZ COGENERATION PROJECT RECEIVED BY EFSEC

 OLYMPIA, Wash., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) yesterday received from the Cowlitz Cogeneration Co., a partnership of the Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY) and Mission Energy companies, an application to construct and operate a natural gas-fired 395 megawatt cogeneration facility, the Washington State Energy Office said today. The cogeneration facility will be located at and provide steam and electricity to the Weyerhaeuser Longview Industrial Complex in Longview.
 The application asks EFSEC to use its expedited siting process to permit the facility. EFSEC's expedited process requires the council to review the proposal within six months and make a recommendation to the governor, who would approve or disapprove the siting permit. EFSEC has retained a consultant to provide an independent review of the application for consistency with state rules and regulations. EFSEC will hold a public meeting and land use consistency hearing in Cowlitz County within 60 days.
 In a study conducted last year for EFSEC, experts concluded that the proposed project should decrease total air emissions at the site because Weyerhaeuser plans to stop operating eight old wood and gas-fueled steam boilers when the project comes on-line in 1996. Water discharges should also decrease with the closure of the eight boilers. Water discharges from the proposed cogeneration facility will be processed through Weyerhaeuser's existing waste treatment facility.
 The $400-million project could bring economic benefits of approximately $15 million in sales taxes during construction and $6 million in operating taxes to state and local governments. Annual wages are expected to total approximately $2.5 million but may be offset by wages lost when the eight existing boilers are shut down.
 A pipeline to supply the proposed facility with natural gas will be built by the Northwest Pipeline Co. as part of its proposed multi-state expansion project.
 EFSEC is made up of a citizen chair appointed by the governor and representatives of 13 state agencies. During the application review, a Cowlitz County Commissioner will also sit as a voting member of EFSEC.
 Copies of the 450-page application document will be available for public review at the EFSEC office and State Library in Olympia, the Cowlitz County Department of Community Development in Kelso, and the Longview and Kelso public libraries.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: To receive additional copies of this news release in alternate format, contact Allen Fiksdal, EFSEC Project Manager, 925 Plum Street SE, Town Square, Building 4, PO Box 43172, Olympia, WA 98504-3172, phone, 206-956-2152, TDD, 206-956-2218/
 /CONTACT: Allen Fiksdal, project manager, of Washington State Energy Facility Site Council, 206-956-2152/
 (WY) CO: Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council;
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