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ENERGY FACILITY SITE EVALUATION COUNCIL GRANTS EXPEDITED PROCESSING FOR WEYERHAEUSER/MISSION'S PROPOSED COWLITZ COGENERATION PROJECT

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) announced that yesterday it granted a request by the partnership of Weyerhaeuser and Mission Energy for an expedited review of their application for their proposed 398-megawatt natural gas-fired cogeneration facility at the Weyerhaeuser Longview Industrial Complex in Longview, Wash.
 Prior to granting Weyerhaeuser and Mission's request, EFSEC found the proposed project would neither have significant impacts on the environment, nor represent a significant change to the proposed site and that the cost was comparable to similar types of energy facilities. As a result of granting expedited processing, EFSEC will begin preparing the necessary permits and will make a recommendation in December to the governor for a final approval of the project early next year.
 The cogeneration facility will provide 50 percent of the on-site industrial steam needs as well as generating electricity. A net increase in air quality is expected because Weyerhaeuser will shut down many old wood-fired boilers now providing the complex with steam.
 The $400 million project will bring economic benefits of approximately $25 million in sales taxes during construction and $8 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 eight old wood-fired boilers are shut down.
 Northwest Pipeline Co. has submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) which has regulatory control over interstate pipeline companies, such as Northwest Pipeline, to build a pipeline to supply the project with natural gas. FERC, under the National Environmental Policy Act, will begin its environmental review of Northwest's application soon.
 The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is made up of a citizen chair appointed by the governor and representatives of 13 state agencies. During its review of the Weyerhaeuser and Mission application, a representative from Cowlitz County is sitting as a voting member on the council.
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 /CONTACT: Allen Fiksdal of Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 206-956-2152/


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