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NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY DECISION

FOR THE PROPOSED ISSUANCE OF DETERMINATION OF COMPLIANCE AND PREVENTION OF SIGNIFICANT DETERIORATION NOTIFICATION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District solicits public comment on the proposed issuance of Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC) to Hydrogen Energy California, LLC for the proposed installation of a power generation facility that uses integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), to produce a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from a blend of coal and petroleum coke to power one combined-cycle combustion turbine generator. The facility will generate a total net output of up to a nominal 300 megawatts (MW) (up to a nominal 431 MW gross output) in a combined cycle power block; manufacture of up to 1 million tons per year of nitrogen-based products in an integrated fertilizer manufacturing complex; and capture a stream that is comprised primarily of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, and transport it by pipeline to a neighboring oilfield for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and sequestration. The proposed project is to be located at Section 10, Township 30S, Range 24E, approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Tupman in western Kern County.

The proposed DOC is subject to the requirements of Rule 2201 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review) and Rule 2410 (Prevention of Significant Deterioration). The proposed installation will result in significant emission increases of 317,310 lb-NO2/year, 544,421 lb-CO/year, 178,863 lb-PM10/year, 178,863 lb-PM/year, and 595,917 tons-CO2e/year, which are subject to the requirements of Rule 2410. There is no increment consumption of any attainment pollutant.

The analysis of the regulatory basis for these proposed actions, Project #S-1121903, is available for public inspection at http://www.valleyair.org/notices/public_notices_idx.htm and the District office at the address below.

The public comment period on the District’s preliminary decision has been extended to May 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM. If you have any questions or verbal or written comments, please contact Homero Ramirez of Permit Services at (661) 392-5500, by email at homero.ramirez@valleyair.org, or by US mail at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

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San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District

Summary of Preliminary Determination of Compliance for Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (Facility S-7616, Project S-1121903)

Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (HECA) is proposing the installation of a power generation facility that uses integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), to produce a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from a blend of coal and petroleum coke to power one combined-cycle combustion turbine generator. The plant will have a nominal net output of 300 megawatts (MW). The facility will capture carbon dioxide (CO2) and transmit it by pipeline to Elk Hills oilfield for enhanced oil recovery and sequestration. The facility will also produce up to one million tons per year of nitrogen based fertilizer products in an integrated fertilizer manufacturing complex.

The proposed project requires that various materials be transported to and from the facility by truck and/or rail. The feedstock petroleum coke would be delivered by trucks, while the feedstock coal would be delivered by trucks and/or rail. Product and waste materials such as ammonia, urea, urea ammonium nitrate, sulfur, and gasification solids would be transported from the facility by trucks.

The proposed equipment will be located at Section 10, Township 30S, Range 24E near the intersection of Adhor Rd and Tupman Rd. The closest population center is the residential district of Tupman, approximately 1.5 miles to the southeast.

The facility has proposed to utilize the best available air pollution control technology (BACT) on the equipment at their facility. In addition, the facility has demonstrated compliance with all District emissions offsetting requirements. The proposed facility will be a major source of emissions for nitrogen oxide (NOX), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), particulate matter less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10), carbon monoxide (CO), and greenhouse gases (GHGs).

The District has conducted an air quality impact analysis for the proposed facility and has concluded that the proposed equipment will not cause a violation of any federal air quality standard for NOX, PM10, CO or sulfur oxides. In addition, the District determined that the project will not create a significant risk due to the emissions of any hazardous air pollutants.

The District’s evaluation of the HECA project demonstrates that the project is in compliance with all applicable District rules, New Source Performance Standards, National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants, and California Health & Safety Code requirements.

The District has therefore proposed to issue a Determination of Compliance (DOC) to the California Energy Commission (CEC) indicating that the proposed project is in compliance with these rules. The CEC is the licensing agency for this power plant and will consider the District’s DOC when issuing that license. The District is requesting comments on the District’s DOC analysis, located at http://www.valleyair.org/notices/public_notices_idx.htm (look for April 4 and April 11, 2013).
The District held public hearing on the proposed issuance of the DOC on April 2, and will be holding a second public hearing on May 15, 2013 at 6:00 PM at Buttonwillow Union School District in the Music Room at 46200 California Highway 58 in Buttonwillow, CA. The hearing will be conducted in Spanish. Simultaneous interpretation in English will be available. As a result of this public hearing, the public comment period on the DOC has been extended to May 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM.

If you have any questions or verbal or written comments, please contact Homero Ramirez of Permit Services at (661) 392-5500, by email at homero.ramirez@valleyair.org, or by US mail at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

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AVISO DE UNA DECISION PRELIMINAR

PARA LA PROPUESTA OTORGACION DE DETERMINACION DE CUMPLIMIENTO Y PREVENCIÓN DE DETERIORO SIGNIFICATIVO

POR EL PRESENTE SE NOTIFICA que El Distrito Unificado para el Control de la Contaminación del Aire del Valle de San Joaquín (el Distrito del Aire) está solicitando comentarios públicos en la propuesta otorgación de Determinación de Cumplimiento a Hydrogen Energy California, LLC para la propuesta instalación de una planta de generación de energía que utiliza la gasificación integrada de ciclo (IGCC por sus siglas en Ingles), para producir un gas de síntesis de hidrógeno utilizando una mezcla de carbón y coque de petróleo para apoderar un generador de turbina de gas de ciclo combinado. La planta generará neta total de electricidad de hasta un nominal 300 megavatios (MW, por sus siglas en Ingles) (hasta un nominal 431 MW producción bruta) en un bloque de energía de ciclo combinado; producirá hasta 1 millón toneladas anuales de productos a base de nitrógeno de fertilizante en equipo integrado de producción de fertilizante; y capturara una corriente de gas compuesta principalmente de dióxido de carbono (CO2), un gas de efecto invernadero, y la transportara a campos de producción de petróleo para la recuperación mejorada de petróleo para la captura y retención del carbono. El proyecto estará localizado en la sección 10, municipio de 30S, gama 24E, aproximadamente 1.5 milla al noroeste de Tupman en el oeste del Condado de Kern.

La propuesta Determinación de Cumplimiento es sujeta a los requisitos de la Regla 2201 (Revisión de Fuente Nueva y Modificada) y Regla 2410 (Prevención de Deterioro Significativo). La propuesta instalación resultara en un incremento de emisiones significante de 317,310 lb-NO2/año, 544,421 lb-CO/año, 178,863 lb-PM10/año, 178,863 lb-PM/año, and 595,917 toneladas-CO2e/año, que serán sujetas a los requisitos de las Regla 2410. Este proyecto no resultara en el consumo incremental de ningún contaminante de aire de logro (contaminantes de aire que cumplen con los estándares nacionales).

El análisis de los fundamentos jurídicos y fácticos de esta acción propuesta, Número del Proyecto #S-1121903, está disponible para la inspección pública en http://www.valleyair.org/notices/public_notices_idx.htm y en la oficina del Distrito en la dirección proporcionada abajo.

El periodo de comentario de la decisión preliminar del Distrito se ha extendido hasta el 30 de Mayo 2013 at las 5:30 PM. Si tiene preguntas o comentarios verbales o por escrito, por favor comuníquese con Homero Ramirez de la división de Servicios de Permisos at (661) 392-5500, por correo electrónico a homero.ramriez@valleyair.org, o por correo al San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

NOTICE OF PRELIMINARY DECISION
FOR THE PROPOSED ISSUANCE OF DETERMINATION OF COMPLIANCE AND PREVENTION OF SIGNIFICANT DETERIORATION NOTIFICATION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District solicits public comment on the proposed issuance of Preliminary Determination of Compliance (PDOC) to Hydrogen Energy California, LLC for the proposed installation of a power generation facility that uses integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC), to produce a hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from a blend of coal and petroleum coke to power one combined-cycle combustion turbine generator. The facility will generate a total net output of up to a nominal 300 megawatts (MW) (up to a nominal 431 MW gross output) in a combined cycle power block; manufacture of up to 1 million tons per year of nitrogen-based products in an integrated fertilizer manufacturing complex; and capture a stream that is comprised primarily of carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, and transport it by pipeline to a neighboring oilfield for enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and sequestration. The proposed project is to be located at Section 10, Township 30S, Range 24E, approximately 1.5 miles northwest of Tupman in western Kern County.
The proposed DOC is subject to the requirements of Rule 2201 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review) and Rule 2410 (Prevention of Significant Deterioration). The proposed installation will result in significant emission increases of 317,310 lb-NO2/year, 544,421 lb-CO/year, 178,863 lb-PM10/year, 178,863 lb-PM/year, and 595,917 tons-CO2e/year, which are subject to the requirements of Rule 2410. There is no increment consumption of any attainment pollutant.

The analysis of the regulatory basis for these proposed actions, Project #S-1121903, is available for public inspection at http://www.valleyair.org/notices/public_notices_idx.htm and the District office at the address below.

The public comment period on the District’s preliminary decision has been extended to May 30, 2013 at 5:30 PM. If you have any questions or verbal or written comments, please contact Homero Ramirez of Permit Services at (661) 392-5500, by email at homero.ramirez@valleyair.org, or by US mail at San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

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El Distrito para el Control de la Contaminación del Aire del Valle de San Joaquín

Resumen de Determinación Preliminar de Cumplimiento para
Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (Instalación S-7616, Proyecto S-1121903)

Hydrogen Energy California, LLC (HECA) propone la instalación de una planta de generación de energía que utiliza la gasificación integrada de ciclo (IGCC, por sus siglas en Ingles), para producir un gas de síntesis de hidrógeno utilizando una mezcla de carbón y coque de petróleo para apoderar un generador de turbina de gas de ciclo combinado. La planta generará neta total de electricidad de hasta un nominal 300 megavatios (MW). La planta capturara una corriente de gas de dióxido de carbono (CO2) y la transportara por tubería al campo de petróleo Elk Hills para la recuperación mejorada de petróleo y la retención del carbono. La planta también producirá hasta un millón de toneladas anuales de productos a base de nitrógeno de fertilizante en la instalación integrada de producción de fertilizante.

El proyecto propuesto requiere que varios materiales sean transportados hacia y desde la planta por camión y/o ferrocarril. El coque de petróleo sería entregado por camiones, mientras que el carbón sería entregado por camiones o/y ferrocarril. Productos y materiales de desecho tales como amoníaco, urea, nitrato de amonio urea, azufre, y sólidos de gasificación serian transportados desde la planta en camiones.

La propuesta instalación estará localizada en la sección 10, municipio de 30S, gama 24E, cerca de la intersección de Adhor Road y Tupman Road. El centro poblacional más cercano es el distrito residencial de Tupman, aproximadamente 1.5 millas al sureste.

La instalación propone utilizar la mejor tecnología de control disponible (BACT, por sus siglas en Ingles) en el equipo de la instalación. Además, la instalación ha demostrado cumplimiento con todos los requisitos de compensación de emisiones del Distrito con los créditos de reducción de emisiones. La propuesta instalación será una fuente mayor de emisiones de óxidos de nitrógeno (NOx), compuestos orgánicos volátiles (VOC, por sus siglas en ingles), partículas de menos de 10 micrones de diámetro (PM10), monóxido de carbono (CO), y gases de efecto invernadero (GHG, por sus siglas en ingles).

El Distrito ha conducido un análisis de impacto a la calidad del aire para la propuesta instalación y ha concluido que el equipo propuesto no causara una violación de ningún estándar de calidad de aire federal para NOx, PM10, CO, óxidos de azufre. Además, el Distrito del Aire determinó que el proyecto no generará un riesgo significativo debido a las emisiones de cualquier contaminante peligroso del aire.

La evaluación del Distrito del proyecto de HECA demuestra que el proyecto conforma con todos los requisitos de las reglas aplicables del Distrito, Estándares de Rendimiento para Fuentes Nuevas, Estándar Nacional para Contaminantes Peligrosos del Aire, y el Código de Salud y Seguridad de California.

El Distrito ha propuesto otorgar una Determinación de Cumplimento (DOC) a la Comisión de Energía de California (CEC) indicando que el proyecto conformara con estas reglas. La CEC es la agencia de licenciamiento para esta planta de energía y considera el DOC del Distrito cuando otorga esa licencia. El Distrito está solicitando comentarios sobre el análisis de DOC del Distrito, localizado en la página web: http://www.valleyair.org/notices/public_notices_idx.htm (bajo las fechas 4 y 11 de Abril 2013).

El Distrito realizo una audiencia pública sobre la propuesta otorgación de DOC el 2 de Abril, y realizara una segunda audiencia pública el 15 de Mayo 2013 a las 6:00 PM en Buttonwillow Union School District en el Salon de Musica (Music Room) en el 46200 California Highway 58 en Buttonwillow, CA. La audiencia será conducida en Español. Servicio de interpretación simultánea en Ingles estará disponible. Debido a esta audiencia pública, el período de comentario público sobre el DOC se ha extendido hasta el 30 de Mayo 2013 a las 5:30 PM.

Si tiene preguntas o comentarios verbales o por escrito, por favor comuníquese con Homero Ramirez de la división de Servicios de Permisos al (661) 392-5500, por correo electrónico a homero.ramirez@valleyair.org, o por correo al San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, 34946 Flyover Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308.

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November 2012 Hearing Notice

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a data response workshop
for the proposed Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project. All interested parties, agencies and members of the public
are invited to participate in the workshop which will be held:

WEDNESDAY, November 7, 2012
3:00 p.m. – Start of staff discussion
6:00 p.m. – Public questions and comments
DoubleTree — California Room
3100 Camino Del Rio Court, Bakersfield, CA 93308

PURPOSE: The purpose of the workshop is to allow staff, the applicant, intervenors, interested agencies, and the public to discuss technical
disciplines related to the HECA Amended Application for Certification, filed on May 2, 2012, including but not limited to: the Occidental Elk Hills
planned use of HECA CO2 for enhanced oil recovery, Greenhouse Gas, Carbon Capture and Storage, and other topics as needed. Staff continues
to solicit public questions and comments related to the HECA project.

TRANSPORTATION AVAILABLE: Hydrogen Energy California is providing transportation to local residents, leaving from the HECA
Info Center at 189 Front Street in Buttonwillow at approximately 5pm, returning at the end of the workshop. Please call the Information Center
at (661) 764-6442 to reserve a space on the shuttle bus and for more information.

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Information hearing and site visit to be held July 12 for Hydrogen Energy California Project

SACRAMENTO – The California Energy Commission committee reviewing the proposed Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project will hold a site visit and informational hearing.

When: Thursday, July 12, 2012, beginning at 5 p.m.

Where: Elk Hills School, 501 Kern Street, Tupman, California

Before the hearing, the public is invited to join the committee on a tour of the proposed site. Transportation to the site leaves the school at 5 p.m. The informational hearing and environmental scoping meeting starts at 6 p.m.

Reservations for the site visit should be made before July 6 by contacting the Commission’s Public Adviser’s Office at (916) 654-4489 or 1-800-822-6228 or email publicadviser@energy.ca.gov.

Arrangements have been made for people unable to attend the hearing to participate by telephone and/or by computer. For details, click here and scroll to page 8.

Why: The hearing will provide an opportunity for the public to obtain information, offer comments, and to view the project site. The applicant will explain the plans for the project, while staff from the Commission and the U.S. Department of Energy will explain the licensing process and their roles in reviewing the project. The meeting will serve as the public scoping meeting for DOE’s National Environmental Policy Act review. The scoping process establishes the issues that DOE should analyze in its environmental impact statement.

What: The HECA project, proposed by Hydrogen Energy California, LLC, is an integrated gasification combined cycle power plant that plans to manufacture hydrogen to generate 300 megawatts of electricity and to produce low-carbon nitrogen-based products such as fertilizer. SCS Energy California, LLC, which acquired the project in 2011, filed an amended application for certification with the Commission in May 2012 after redesigning key aspects of the project.

The project would be located on a 453-acre site currently used for agricultural purposes. The site is located about seven miles west of Bakersfield near the town of Tupman in western Kern County.

The project would use a gasification technology to convert coal and petroleum coke to produce hydrogen. The hydrogen-rich syngas fuel would be used to generate electricity and produce other products. The amended project includes a manufacturing facility that would produce urea in liquid and pellet form and other products for agricultural and manufacturing uses.

The proposed plant would capture about 90 percent of the carbon dioxide produced from the gasification process and transport it for use at the adjacent Elk Hills Oil Field for enhanced oil recovery and sequestration. Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. owns and operates the field.

If the Commission approves the project, construction would begin June
2013 with commercial operation in September 2017, according to the applicant.

More information about the HECA project can be found at: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hydrogen_energy/index.html

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Notice of Staff Workshop

Notice of Staff Workshop for the HYDROGEN ENERGY CALIFORNIA, AMENDED APPLICATION FOR CERTIFICATION

PLEASE NOTE: Corrected Street Address For Workshop

Location: Bonderson Building at 901 P Street.
The California Energy Commission staff will conduct an Issues Resolution and Data Request Workshop for the proposed Hydrogen Energy California project (HECA). All interested agencies and members of the public are invited to participate in the workshop, which will be held:

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2012
10:00AM – 4:00PM (or conclusion of discussions)
California Energy Commission In the Bonderson Building (across 9th Street from the Energy Commission)

Hearing Room
1600 9th 901 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

WebEx Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-469-3239
(Access code: 927 122 211)
(Meeting Password: HECAmeeting@10)

Click here to read the full notice.

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Notice of CEC Staff Workshop for HYDROGEN ENERGY CALIFORNIA

The California Energy Commission Staff will conduct a workshop on the Occidental of Elk Hills, Inc. (OEHI) draft Monitoring, Reporting, and Verification (MRV) Plan for the proposed enhanced oil recovery (EOR) and carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration aspects of the Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) project. This workshop is open to the public and intended to allow interested regulatory agencies and interested parties an opportunity to ask questions and comment on the draft MRV Plan. Other aspects of the proposed project may also be discussed. The workshop will be held:

Tuesday, August 17, 2010  – 1:00 p.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Hearing Room B Sacramento, California (Wheelchair Accessible)

See complete notice and map (pdf)

The Energy Commission Staff is currently analyzing Hydrogen Energy International’s (HEI) Revised Application for Certification (AFC) for the proposed development of HECA, and preparing the Preliminary Staff Assessment (PSA). The purpose of the workshop is to discuss the draft MRV Plan and to learn more about the operation and management of the CO2 EOR Project that is proposed by OEHI. The main objective of the CO2 EOR Project would be to use CO2 produced by the HECA project to extend the life of OEHI’s existing enhanced oil recovery program in an area within the Elk Hills Unit (EHU). It is expected that a large portion of the CO2 used in the EOR will be permanently sequestered within the EHU. The MRV Plan is one means of evaluating the success of this project.

For additional information: http://www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/hydrogen_energy/notices/index.html

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Earlier Notices and Past Public Meetings

NOTE: Responses to the April 12, 2010 CEC Data Response and Issues Resolution Workshop are now available on the California Energy Commission’s web site. CLICK HERE

Recent Public Meetings

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE KERN COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

A public hearing will be held before the Board of Supervisors of the County of Kern on June 29, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Chambers of the Board of Supervisors, First Floor, Kern County Administrative Center, 1115 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, California, to consider the following request:

  1. The application and proceedings are designated as: Cancellation of Land Use Restrictions, Land Conservation Act, Agricultural Preserve No. 3 (Zoning Map No. 120) and Contract Amending Land Use Contract
  2. The name of the applicant is: Hydrogen Energy California, LLC by Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, LLP (PP09271)
  3. The approximate location of the property subject to said proposal is: South side of Adohr Road, west of Tupman Road, northwest of Tupman
  4. The request to be considered is: Cancellation of a an approximate 491-acre portion of a Land Use Contract within Agricultural Preserve No. 3

This Board has found the project to be categorically exempt from the requirement for preparation of environmental documents pursuant to Section 15271 of the State CEQA Guidelines.

Persons seeking additional information on this matter should contact Kathe Malouf, Supervising Planner ((661) 862-8948) with the Planning Department. We encourage the submittal of written comments by June 9, 2010, so that those comments may be considered when Staff formulates its recommendation; however, written comments may be submitted anytime prior to, or at, the public hearing. Written comments may be sent to the Kern County Planning Department at 2700 “M” Street, Suite 100, Bakersfield, CA 93301.

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