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POTENTIAL SITE STUDY RELEASED ON WEYERHAEUSER/MISSION'S PROPOSED COWLITZ COGENERATION PROJECT, THE ENERGY FACILITY SITE EVALUATION COUNCIL SAYS

 OLYMPIA, Wash., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ The Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) yesterday released a Potential Site Study indicating there may be no substantial detrimental environmental or socioeconomic impacts resulting from construction and operation of a 420-megawatt natural gas-fired cogeneration facility at the Weyerhaeuser Longview Industrial Complex in Longview, Wash.
 Net air emissions at the site should decrease because Weyerhaeuser plans to stop operating up to nine of the existing wood, gas and coal- fueled boilers when the project comes on-line in 1996, according to the study. Water discharges would also decrease with the closure of the nine boilers. Water discharges from the cogeneration facility would be processed through the existing site waste treatment facility.
 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 the nine boilers are shutdown.
 The location of a natural gas pipeline for the proposed facility has not been identified. Increasing pressure in Weyerhaeuser's existing natural gas line could exceed state safety regulations. Natural gas may be supplied by Northwest Pipeline Co. which is planning to file for expanded services with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
 According to the study if the cogeneration project is constructed simultaneously with Weyerhaeuser's planned kraft mill modernization, traffic congestion may occur along Industrial Way.
 The Potential Site Study was conducted by URS Consultants Inc. of Seattle at the request of Weyerhaeuser and Mission Energy. Its purpose is to provide preliminary information for a possible application to the Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council for a state permit to construct and operate the proposed cogeneration facility. EFSEC is made up of a citizen chair appointed by the governor and representatives of 13 state agencies. During an application, it is augmented by a representative from cities, counties, or port districts where a particular energy project may be located.
 Copies of the 90-page Potential Site Study will be available after Dec. 21. Write or call:
 Allen Fiksdal
 EFSEC Project Manager
 809 Legion Way SE
 PO Box 43172
 Olympia, WA 98504-3172
 Telephone: 206-956-2152
 -0- 12/15/92
 /CONTACT: Allen Fiksdal of Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, 206-956-2152/


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