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This page is provided by John & Nancy Barta as a public service for the community of Morro Bay, California. We hope to aid members of the community in understanding and participating in the proposal by Duke Energy to expand their generating capacity at the Morro Bay facility. This page will grow. Stay tuned...
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Public Advisor   The State of California provides a Public Adviser to facilitate participation of interested parties at all hearings and to ensure timely adherence to schedules. The California Public Advisor for the Energy Commission is Roberta Mendonca. Here's her biography and here's her email address

California Energy Commission Main Page
California Energy Commission Morro Bay Project Page
California Energy Commission Links Page - Learn more about energy in general

Duke Energy's Page
Proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)- Chronology
Duke Emissions Summary
1996 NOX
1996 SO2
1996 CO2

Link Page to Morro Bay Local Officials, etc.

Latest News
July 19, 1999 Notice of Data Adequacy Workshop for the Duke Energy
Moss Landing Power Plant Project. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, 1999 and is to review and discuss the completeness of the AFC in the areas of biological resources, water resources, air quality, cultural resources, traffic and transportation, transmission system engineering, visual resources, and worker safety. For the details, please go to:

June 4, 1999 Deadline for public comment to be submitted (postmarked) regarding the license renewal on the open air spent-waste holding ponds at Duke. The primary pond constituents are spent chemicals used in periodic boiler cleaning operations, as well as small quantities of miscellaneous non-hazardous materials. All written comments will receive a written response.  Department of Toxic Substances Control Postmark any written comments, by Friday June 4th, 1999 to:

John Papathakis, Project Manager
DTSC Sacramento Office
10151 Croyden Way, Suite 3
Sacramento CA 95827

Be sure to note that your comments regard the Morro Bay Power Plant, Morro Bay, California, Harzardous Waste Permit Renewal.

May 17, 1999 Duke repeated its recent presentation (see below) at the Morro Bay City Planning Commission. Duke  also indicated that the submission date for the Morro Bay facility would be moved back to mid-to-late July. It was indicated that the proposed site would be moved about 40 feet from the previously indicated position. This would necessitate re-working of many of the parts of the proposal, etc. Some of the Morro Bay City Public Services staff will be going to Sacramento this week to learn about proposed changes in the way power plant permits are processed. They plan to make comment on the proposals after attending the meeting in Sacramento.

May 10, 1999. Duke made a presentation to the Morro Bay City Council. Duke described their current and future plans and schedules. The application has already been filed for the Moss Landing plant. The date for submission regarding the Morro Bay facility has been pushed back to "mid to late June". Duke confirmed intent to remove Stack #1 in 2002 when the new generators go "online".  Steve Goschke offered his phone number for  information about the project 805-595-4214. Duke representatives stressed the importance of local input into the process.

May 7, 1999 Duke files 99-AFC-4 (Application for certification) for the proposed Moss Landing Facilities

Duke announced on April 21, 1999, at a privately sponsored forum in Morro Bay, that the target date for submission of their Application For Certification (AFC) is currently May 27, 1999. The submission date is a very important date because once the application is determined to be "data adequate" (which can happen within days of the filing date) the "clock begins to tick" on their application. Under California law, a decision must be made within 12 months of the date that the Duke data is determined to be "data adequate".

Roberta Mendonca advised the gathering of the special status that is accorded to formal "intervenors". Intervenors are considered parties to the case once they are accepted as intervenors. She can help people or other entities become "Intervenors".  While the general public can offer opinions and "comment" at formal hearings, only parties can "testify". The difference between comment and testimony is that testimony is given more weight by the decision makers (The California Energy Commission). Testimony is given more weight because it is given under oath and is subject to cross-examination. Formal testimony may be used to support a decision on any issue. Public comment may not be so used. Intervenors may:

  • Receive all filings
    Receive all notices
    Present Evidence and witnesses
    Cross-examine witnesses presented by other parties
    Request and obtain data from all other parties
    Fully participate in the process of obtaining information
    File documents relevant to the siting of proceedings, including motions, petitions, objections, and briefs.

As an intervenor there are certain responsibilities. Intervenors must:

  • Serve all of their papers on other parties
    Make their witnesses available to others for cross-examination
    Respond to data requests by other parties
    Comply with requirements of the Prehearing Conference Statement to the extent possible
    File and serve posthearing briefs when necessary to protect the intervenor's interests
    Comply with all other matters that are required of "parties"


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