"We want to encourage members of the public to contact us toobtain documents and other information related to this facility,"says Ellen Garvey of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.The public comment period extends through Sept. 20.

The proposed power plant consists of two phases. The first phasewill install equipment that will produce electricity for the Valerorefinery. The district says that this will eliminate the need forlocal utility power. Phase Two will produce electricity that can beexported into the grid to be used by other businesses andhouseholds in the Northern California area.

The district is requiring the power plant to utilize the BestAvailable Control Technology to mitigate the projects air pollutionby controlling emissions. The Valero Refining Company will alsoshut down 3 boilers that it will no longer need to providesteam.

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