September 18, 1998
Mr. Bruce Kaneshiro
Environmental Science Associates
225 Bush Street, Suite 1700
San Francisco, CA 94104
Subject: Comments on Draft EIR for PG&E’s Application for Authorization to Sell Certain Generating Plants and Related Assets - Application No. 98-01-008
Dear Mr. Kaneshiro:
Thank you for providing the East Bay Regional Park District ("District") with a copy of the Draft EIR for the subject project. We have review the EIR and provide the following comments for consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission.[Begin G1]
As noted in the Draft EIR, the District has a variety of existing and proposed park and trail facilities in the East Bay that are in close proximity to two of the generating plants that are proposed for sale. These two plants are the Pittsburg and the Contra Costa Power Plants. It does not appear that the sale of the Contra Costa Plant would have an adverse effect of District facilities, however, sale and reuse of the Pittsburg facility may have the potential to adversely affect our park facilities at Bay Point, near Pittsburg.
The District recently obtained a grant from CALFED for the planning and design of a tidal marsh restoration project that is focused on restoring and enhancing habitat for the Delta smelt. As noted on page 4.78-35 of the Draft EIR under Impact 4.7-2, cooling water system operations of the Pittsburg facility may adversely affect the success of this restoration project. Any change in operations of this facility that would affect the availability, quality, temperature or salinity of the discharge waters could have an adverse affect on Delta smelt and other special-status fish species in the vicinity of our Bay Point facility. These potential effects and suitable mitigation measures should be carefully evaluated in the EIR and the Section 10 permit analysis.
Thank you for the opportunity to comment on the draft EIR. I you have any questions, please contact me at (510) 635-0138 extension 2622.
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