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									                  San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board

                    EXECUTIVE OFFICER'S REPORT
        A Monthly Report to The Board                                           May 15, 2001

Cleanup and Abatement Order for                    processing. A copy of the CAO and
Dischargers of Aquatic Pesticides                  supporting documents is posted on our
(Stephen Morse)                                    Internet page.

Pursuant to the March 12, 2001 decision of         PG&E Bankruptcy Update (Stephen Hill)
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in
Headwaters, Inc. v. Talent Irrigation              Last month’s EO Report covered the full
District, discharges of aquatic pesticides         range of Board activities that might be
now require coverage under a NPDES                 affected by PG&E’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy
permit. The State Water Board intends to           filing in March. We have little additional
issue a General NPDES for these types of           information to report, and this update covers
discharges within the next several months.         only cleanup issues. We expect to receive
However, in the interim the State Board has        State Board legal advice shortly on what
requested that all Regional Boards issue a         information to provide for the bankruptcy
Cleanup and Abatement Order modeled                proceedings. Because PG&E has filed for
after a State Board draft covering these           reorganization rather than dissolution, we do
types of discharges. I signed this CAO on          not need to provide detailed estimates of
May 10. The California Department of               future cleanup costs at PG&E sites. After
Pesticide Regulation and the County                further review, we narrowed the list of
Agricultural    Commissioners      normally        PG&E sites we oversee to about 16. We
regulate the use of these pesticides by the        estimate that future cleanup costs at these
dischargers. However, since the court ruled        sites will be less than $20 million
that NPDES permits are needed, this brings         collectively. We are checking to see how
the State and Regional Boards into the             this compares with results from other
picture, since they are the only State             Regional Boards and with DTSC. We
agencies with the authority to issue these         suspect that DTSC oversees the bulk of the
permits.                                           sites that have significant future cleanup
                                                   costs, including former manufactured gas
The CAO covers discharges from the                 plants.
application of aquatic pesticides that are
registered for use by DPR. The CAO also            Pacheco Pond, Marin County
includes requirements that are intended to         (Susan Gladstone)
protect beneficial uses of water from
impacts of these applications. We expect the       Board staff received a complaint of a strong
CAO to cover several dozen dischargers in          sulfur smell and dead fish at Pacheco Pond
our Region such as Mosquito Abatement,             on April 19. This Pond flows to Novato
Irrigation, and Flood Control Districts as         Creek in the City of Novato. The
well as several large developments that            complainant indicated that tide gates had
incorporate ponds, lakes, or water features.       been removed between the lower portion of
The permitting procedure to be used is             the Creek and the Pond, causing swift water
similar to the existing NPDES construction         flows and pond flushing. The complainant
stormwater permit and the State Water              reported a milky white suspension of
Board will perform most of the permit

sediment over about three-quarters of the              historical concentration range and benzoic
Pond and dead insects and fish.                        acid at 100 parts per billion in the Pond.
                                                       Benzoic acid is used in the manufacture of
Preliminary results of seven water samples             cosmetics and creams; it has a half-life of 1
taken by the complainant over a 20-hour                to 10 days in soil and water.
period indicate slightly elevated pH in one
sample and, at two locations, total                    Board and Marin County staff are concerned
suspended solids in excess of what is                  that lack of aeration and circulation in the
typically observed in storm water runoff.              Pond, combined with storm water runoff,
The pH level reflects slight alkalinity, but           may potentially be reducing dissolved
likely not enough to cause adverse effects to          oxygen, thereby causing periodic toxicity.
humans or wildlife. Sulfides in water were             The sulfur odors may also be derived from
detected on the day following the incident,            naturally occurring hydrogen sulfide that
which is typical of small water bodies with            accumulates in the sediments and is released
low circulation.                                       during pond flushing. County staff are
                                                       currently evaluating a change in tidal and
Pacheco Pond was constructed as mitigation             floodgate operations and the option to
for development of the Bel Marin Keys                  restore the Pond to natural tidal action in
commercial area and currently serves to                conjunction with the wetland restoration
retain storm water. It hydraulically connects          project at the Hamilton and Bel Marin Keys
Novato Creek and Ignacio Reservoir to the              V properties. Staff will update the Board as
Bay. Both the Reservoir and the Pond are               more information becomes available.
managed as wildlife preserves by the State
Department of Fish and Game. Pacheco                   Happy Valley Golf Course, Pleasanton
Creek, also tributary to Novato Creek, runs            (Keith Lichten)
through the northwest portion of the former
Hamilton      Army      Airfield.    Ongoing           At its February meeting, the Board adopted
monitoring of a closed landfill and an                 Waste Discharge Requirements (WDRs) for
MTBE groundwater plume at Hamilton                     the City of Pleasanton's proposed municipal
approximately 2,400 feet upgradient of the             golf course in Happy Valley. However, at
Pond has not shown migration of                        that time the City had not completed
contaminants from the landfill and the                 significant information on project design,
plume in the direction of the Pond. The                mitigation, and other issues. As a result, the
Army       has      completed       extensive          WDRs require that this information be
environmental investigations at the airfield           submitted and brought before the Board for
and runways with no evidence of other                  its approval before construction of the golf
contaminants migrating from the Hamilton               course may begin.
property towards Pacheco Pond.
                                                       According to City staff, since the February
Board staff have been coordinating with                Board meeting the City has obtained
Marin County since last December, when                 required approvals from the remaining
we first received a report that sheriff's divers       federal and state resource agencies. These
had experienced health problems at the                 approvals, including those from the US Fish
Pond in Fall 2000. Staff's area-wide                   and Wildlife Service and the State
searches of storm drains and runoff in the             Department of Fish and Game, are similar to
vicinity of the Pond did not reveal an                 our WDRs in that they require submittal of
obvious pollution source. Water samples                additional plans or information before
taken by Board staff in mid-December and               construction may begin.
again in late January detected a low level of
MTBE at Pacheco Creek within its

At its May 8, 2001, meeting, the Pleasanton         corporation (All Star Service, Inc.); there is
City Council approved additional funds to           no evidence of a waste discharge at the site;
complete the plans and other information            the Board did not allow due process; and the
(e.g., grazing plan, creek reconstruction           Board did not take into account Mr. Kelly
plan, mitigation plan, etc.) required as            Engineer’s financial status.
conditions of the project's approvals. In
September, the Council plans to consider            Regardless of the petition, Mr. Engineer is
updated cost estimates for the golf course          still responsible for compliance with the
and determine whether it will continue with         Board’s requirements for submittal of the
the proposed project and the vote on                site investigation results. The site
annexation of Happy Valley. The Council             investigation is to be performed as per
had previously moved the annexation vote            Board staff approval of the workplan
to October 11, 2001, from April 26.                 submitted by the discharger. The due date
                                                    for the report is May 18, 2001. Board staff
The City anticipates submitting the required        contacted the Discharger’s attorney to
plans and reports this summer, with the             remind him of the impending report
hope that the Board can consider them prior         deadline and request him to notify the Board
to the annexation vote on October 11. This          if the deadline will not be met.
would mean the Board would need to
consider the plans no later than its                Pollutants in San Francisco Bay Harbor
September meeting, which, in turn, would            Seal Tissue (Brad Job)
require submittal of finalized plans
incorporating staff comments no later than          On May 8, 2001, Diane Kopec from the
mid-July, in order to allow time for public         University of Maine and Myrto Petreas from
comment and staff preparation of the Board          the Department of Toxic Substances
item. As work on many of the required               Control’s Hazardous Materials Laboratory
plans has not yet begun, the City's schedule        presented the results of a study of persistent
is quite ambitious.                                 organic pollutants in San Francisco Bay
                                                    harbor seal tissue.         The researchers
Staff will continue to work with the City to        conducted chemical analysis of fat tissue
move the project forward. On May 10, staff          from 10 adult harbor seal carcasses that
provided the City's consultant with a copy of       were collected around the bay from 1990
an example Resource Management Plan to              through 1998. The Regional Board funded
assist the City in developing an appropriate        a portion of the chemical analysis and the
grazing management plan for the project.            San Francisco Estuary Project funded a
                                                    portion of the research.
Kelly Engineer/All Star Gasoline, Inc.
(Jolanta Uchman)                                    Perhaps their most provocative discovery
                                                    was the observation that concentrations of
On April 19, 2001, the attorney for Mr.             polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in
Kelly Engineer filed a petition for State           seal tissue had increased by more that 10-
Board review of this Board’s March order            fold over the period in question. PBDEs are
imposing administrative civil liability             a relatively new environmental pollutant and
(ACL).      The Board imposed ACL of                are used as fire retardants in foam products
$36,800 for late submittal of a site                and in ABS plastics like those used to
investigation workplan at Mr. Engineer’s            manufacture computer monitors. PBDEs
leaking underground fuel tank site in               are suspected of causing liver toxicity,
Concord. The petition alleges that: the             embryo toxicity, and thyroid effects as well
Board acted improperly in naming All Star           as maternal toxicity in animal studies. The
Gasoline, Inc. instead of the current

European Union has banned the marketing            a high priority, as Stege Marsh has been
and use of PBDEs because of their tendency         identified as a Toxic Hot Spot by the Bay
to bioaccumulate in mother’s milk. PBDEs           Protection and Toxic Cleanup Program.
are unregulated in the U.S. and are not
routinely analyzed for by any Regional             In April 2001 staff conditionally approved
Board 2 discharger. However, Regional              Zeneca’s conceptual remedial action plan,
Board staff has worked with the Regional           provided that additional field study is
Monitoring Program to review records from          conducted and final design details are
previous years’ chemical analyses to               submitted. Remedial actions proposed to
determine if PDBE has been present in the          address extensive metals contamination and
water column.                                      acidic soil and groundwater conditions
                                                   include: 1) neutralization of spent cinder
Additionally,        concentrations       of       materials and impacted groundwater; 2)
polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in harbor         installation of a biologically active
seal tissue were highly elevated, with             permeable barrier; and, 3) installation of a
samples from most individuals exceeding            site cap. Remedial actions proposed to
the level beyond which adverse effects             address localized VOC and pesticide
would be anticipated. Somewhat similar to          contamination include soil excavation / off-
PBDEs, exposure to PCBs is suspected of            site disposal and groundwater extraction /
causing cancer, disrupting endocrine               treatment. Zeneca also proposes installation
systems, and suppressing immune systems.           of clean corridors for workers and a
PCB burdens similar to those observed in           establishing a deed restriction for the
San Francisco Bay seals are suspected of           property.
contributing to the 1998 North Sea harbor
seal die off where approximately 60% of the        Staff anticipates bringing an order to the
harbor seal population died due to canine          Board in July for Zeneca and the adjacent
distemper, which is not normally considered        University of California Richmond Field
to be a life threatening disease for harbor        Station site. The orders will establish tasks
seals. Although manufacture and sale of            necessary to implement remedial actions at
PCBs was banned in the U.S. in the 1980’s,         the two sites, as well as tasks necessary to
tissue concentrations were observed to have        address the sites' impacts to Stege Marsh.
increased or remained stable over the period
from 1990 to 1998. The Regional Board              East Bay Municipal Utilities District Bay
staff is currently developing a total              Side Groundwater Project (Greg Bartow)
maximum daily load for PCBs with a goal
of reducing PCB concentrations in fish, and        EBMUD has released a draft Environmental
ultimately in humans and harbor seals.             Impact Report for construction of a large
                                                   groundwater extraction well field located in
Zeneca facility, Richmond (Cecilio Felix)          San Lorenzo (between San Leandro and
                                                   Hayward). The well field is in the southern
The Zeneca facility, formerly owned by             portion of the East Bay Plain Groundwater
Stauffer Chemical, was utilized primarily          Basin which underlies the flatland areas
for the production of sulfuric acid,               between Richmond and Hayward.
fertilizers, and pesticides.        Facility
operations and the placement of spent pyrite       The objective of the project is to provide
ore on-site have resulted in high levels of        between 10,000-15,000 acre-feet (3 to 5
metals, pesticides, VOCs, and acidic               billion gallons) of water supply during
conditions in groundwater and the adjacent         droughts as a supplemental drinking water
Stege Marsh. Cleanup of the Zeneca site is         supply. Up to 10 wells would pump at a

combined rate of up to 15 million gallons           Butano Creek, San Mateo County
per day from aquifers at a depth of 500-600         (Susan Gladstone/Ann Crum)
feet below the ground surface. The wells
would also be designed to recharge (inject          Board staff participated in an April 30
into the aquifer) up to 8 million gallons per       meeting called by Federal, State and County
day of treated water from EBMUD’s system            elected officials to address historic flooding
during non-drought periods. EBMUD has               problems on Butano Creek and in the Town
performed extensive groundwater studies in          of Pescadero on the southern San Mateo
the southern East Bay Plain, the results of         coast. Attending agencies and community
which indicate that the Bayside Site is the         stakeholders discussed the implications of
optimum location for such a well field.             various long and short-term solutions,
                                                    including restoring the floodplain, building
The project is unique because it will be the        a causeway crossing Butano Creek on the
first time in 70 years that EBMUD will use          existing Pescadero Road, reconfiguring
groundwater as a source of drinking water.          existing levees, and modifying creek
In general, the Regional Board has                  maintenance.
supported      increased    use   of    local
groundwater resources to reduce demand on           Butano Creek is a major tributary to
limited surface water resources. However,           Pescadero Creek; the watershed is a major
such use must be wisely managed so it does          source for sediment erosion from historical
not cause other impacts. The Board’s staff          timber harvesting. This, combined with
Groundwater Committee completed a                   channel alterations by levees, loss of
Beneficial Use Evaluation of the East Bay           floodplain, and beaver dams (not native to
Plain in 1999.           Key findings and           the area), has slowed the flow of water in
recommendations in the report relative to           the Creek and reduced sediment transport
the Bayside Project are that 1) the Basin is        through the system. This, in turn, has
significantly underutilized as a drinking           threatened the health and safety of residents
water supply, 2) the deep aquifers are rarely       of Pescadero and limits access to the
impacted by shallow pollution, and 3) a             community during flood events. Current
basin-wide       groundwater    management          challenges to reducing the flooding
program should be implemented.                      upstream include understanding the trends
                                                    of sediment storage and creek transport
EBMUD has initiated a public involvement            capacity, preserving valuable aquatic
process to inform and educate nearby                habitats, disturbing potentially toxic
residents about the Bayside Project.                sediments      from    agricultural    lands,
Concerns raised by residents about the              implementing Best Management Practices
project involve the potential health effects        and erosion control, and identifying project
of air emissions from the treatment system          funding. Board staff will provide comments
and the potential for property damage               to Representative Anna Eshoo and
caused by land subsidence due to                    Assemblyman Joe Simitian outlining water
groundwater extraction. EBMUD will be               quality     regulatory     and      technical
holding a series of workshops over the next         considerations for potential modifications to
two months in an attempt to address the             the creek system.
local resident’s concerns. Neither of these
two issues is within the jurisdiction of the
Regional Board.

Natural Resources Defense Council                  Newark Sportsmen’s Club Skeet Range
Report on California Groundwater                   (Thomas Butler)
Contamination (Gregory Bartow)
                                                   The former Newark Sportsmen’s Club is
In late April, NRDC released a report titled       located in the city of Newark, south of the
"California's Contaminated Groundwater: Is         Dunbarton Bridge. The sportsmen’s club
the State Minding the Store?” The report is        operated a skeet shooting range until their
critical of the State and Regional Board’s         bankruptcy in 1995. Operations from the
data gathering, monitoring and protection of       skeet range resulted in the contamination of
groundwater.     The primary thrust of the         site soils/sediment with lead shot and
report is that California lacks a                  polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)
comprehensive statewide groundwater-               laden clay pigeon debris. On April 9, 2001
monitoring program. Instead, groundwater           representatives from Cargill Salt Company
monitoring is conducted by a variety of            (Cargill) informed staff that as the owner,
agencies, but the programs are uneven, and         (and as secondarily responsible party for the
the data management is uncoordinated.              cleanup), Cargill has taken the initiative to
The NRDC report focused on the SWRCB’s             assume remediation responsibility for
biennial water quality assessment known as         impacted soils/sediment at the site. Cargill’s
the “303(b) Report” which unfortunately            decision to proceed with cleanup was based
only provides a very qualitative and brief         on the fact that the primarily responsible
review of groundwater basin.                       party, the Newark Sportsmen’s Club, has
                                                   few financial resources to initiate an
The report has drawn interest in the               effective cleanup. We believe Cargill’s
Legislature, where the NRDC-sponsored              initiative is commendable. Currently, staff
Groundwater Monitoring Act (AB 599)                have been working with Cargill to delineate
could accomplish many of the 303(b) goals          the extent of lead and PAH contamination
including coordination among agencies              and to implement a cleanup plan for the site.
currently monitoring groundwater and
additional monitoring to better cover the          Status of Electronic Reporting System
entire state.                                      (Johnson Lam/Lila Tang)

Within this Regional Board, we are making          One and a half years after implementation,
significant progress at better assessing the       our Electronic Reporting System (ERS) is
quality of our thirty-one groundwater              proving to be beneficial for both staff and
basins. Our information base is good               participating dischargers. The ERS was
because of the general high quality of local       developed by staff to facilitate receipt of
monitoring programs in the major drinking          discharge data electronically.     We are
water basins. We are also beginning to see         continuing to grow this system by recruiting
results from our recent efforts to use our         more dischargers and entering discharge
Geographic Information System (GIS) as an          data ourselves. At the same time, we are
assessment tool. To date, our staff                assisting the State Board to develop a more
Groundwater Committee, in coordination             robust statewide system that will ultimately
with local agencies, has completed an              replace our ERS. Although our ERS is
assessment of eight of our groundwater             successful, some challenges remain
basins and will be completing an assessment        particularly in the area of staffing for
of three others this fall.                         administrative support.

                                                   Currently, nearly 90 percent of major
                                                   dischargers in this region voluntarily
                                                   participate in our ERS and submit their data

to us over the Internet. These dischargers           Cal/EPA Report on Non-Upgraded
have benefited with automated, simplified            Underground Storage Tanks (Chuck
and reduced reporting requirements.                  Headlee)
Combined, these streamlining measures
have reduced by thousands the number of              The deadline to upgrade or close
sheets of paper that would have been sent to         underground storage tanks (USTs) was
this office the old fashion way.                     December 22, 1998. Approximately 92% of
                                                     USTs met the deadline, but that leaves about
Staff has also benefited by having data              3,000 non-upgraded USTs statewide,
readily available for evaluation. This is            including 123 in Region 2. Local tank
useful for day-to-day compliance checking            permitting and oversight agencies have been
as well as being able to compile and assess          unable to get these tanks removed or
the data over the long term. This has been           upgraded, because of budgetary constraints,
and will be big time savers during permit            lack of personnel, and lack of training on
reissuances and “total maximum daily                 enforcement issues.
loads” development.
                                                     State law (SB 989 Sher) requires the State
There remain some technical, legal, and              Board to take various actions to reduce the
administrative challenges with the ERS.              likelihood    of    MtBE      pollution    in
These include providing “help-yourself”              groundwater. One section requires the State
access to the public and accommodating the           Board to convene a work group to review
evolving nature of the way effluent limits, in       and evaluate options for the prompt closure
particular performance based limits, are             of the non-upgraded petroleum USTs (a
determined. Another issue has to do with             significant subset of the non-upgraded
the acceptability of electronic signature            USTs). The work group was formed last
technologies before we can completely                year and comprised a diverse cross-section
eliminate the paper reporting requirement.           of interested parties: four local agencies, a
These technical and legal issues will be             water district, major and independent oil
addressed in the statewide system.                   industries, environmental groups, district
                                                     attorneys, consulting companies, USEPA,
The administrative challenge is finding              and Cal/EPA. Chuck Headlee represented
enough resources to support the ERS.                 this Region on the work group. After nine
Although the State Board supports                    months of data gathering and consensus
electronic data submittal and has provided           building, the work group adopted the report
contract funds, they have not provided               “Recommendation For Prompt Closure of
funding for staff support. Administering the         Non-Upgraded        Underground       Storage
ERS is labor intensive. While more time              Tanks.” The non-upgraded tank report
will be saved in the long run by having the          presents eight recommended actions to
data readily available, in the short-term we         reduce the threat to groundwater resources
are stretched thin keeping up with our               posed by the non-upgraded tanks. The work
current ERS and assisting the State Board to         group identified three recommendations
develop the statewide system. We will                most likely to provide prompt closure of the
continue to explore ways to optimize our             non-upgraded tanks:
available resources to keep the system
going.                                                  Use the SWRCB quarterly report to
                                                         obtain accurate information on non-
                                                         upgraded tanks

   Increase the effectiveness of the                 that 13 years will be required in order to
    Emergency, Abandoned, Recalcitrant                meet all cleanup standards.
    account in closing non-upgraded tanks
   Delegate to the SWRCB oversight                   Ethanol to Replace MtBE in Gasoline
    responsibility and authority for non-             (Chuck Headlee and Roger Brewer)
    upgraded tanks.
                                                      On April 10-11, 2001, Board staff attended
The report was transmitted to the Cal/EPA             a “Workshop on the Increased Use of
Secretary, Winston Hickox, on March 23,               Ethanol and Alkylates in Automotive Fuels
2001.      Cal/EPA will consider the                  in California.” Ethanol is the most likely
recommendations in the report and initiate            substitute for MtBE as the oxygenate in
budgetary and legislative proposals as                gasoline when MtBE is phased out of
needed.                                               California reformulated gasoline at end of
                                                      2002. Because the Federal government has
Intel Santa Clara 3 Update (David Barr)               not granted California a waiver for the
                                                      oxygenate requirement in gasoline, an
Intel Corporation has recently submitted,             oxygenate will still be required in gasoline
and Board staff has approved, a five year             sold in California. The use of ethanol will
status report for its federal Superfund site at       also require an increase in the amount of
2880 Northwestern Parkway in Santa Clara.             alkylates, a family of compounds already
The site is known as Intel Santa Clara 3.             present in gasoline.        We expect this
This is Intel’s second five year review for           transition to have a positive effect on water
the site. Groundwater at the site has been            quality, in that ethanol and alkylates present
contaminated by VOCs.             Groundwater         far fewer problems than MtBE if released to
extraction and treatment began at this site in        soil or groundwater from underground
1985. By 1993, VOC concentrations in                  storage tanks.      Ethanol is highly bio-
groundwater had declined to low levels and            degradable and alkylates biodegrade and are
the efficiency of VOC removal had declined            less mobile than MtBE.
to the extent that continued groundwater
extraction was not resulting in significant           The workshop was hosted by Lawrence
additional removal of VOC mass. Board                 Livermore National Laboratory and
staff allowed the shut down of the                    sponsored by the United States Department
groundwater extraction system in 1993 on a            of Energy (Office of Fuels Development)
trial basis to see what affect this would have        and the Western States Petroleum
on the pollutant plume. After the one year            Association. The workshop was attended by
trial period was over, Board staff approved           experts from the regulatory community,
leaving the extraction system shut down.              fuel-related industries, and universities. The
VOC concentrations have continued to                  workshop had three goals regarding the use
gradually decline, and the plume has                  of ethanol and alkylates in gasoline:
remained stable. The cleanup standards for
the site are set at drinking water standards.            Review the existing information on the
Currently, all cleanup standards are met,                 physiochemical properties, fate and
except for TCE. The concentration of TCE                  transport mechanisms, and release
in site groundwater is about 45 ug/l, or                  scenarios.
about ten times the drinking water standard              Characterize        the       regulatory,
of 5 ug/l. We expect VOC concentrations to                environmental, and resource issues.
slowly decline until all cleanup standards               Address life-cycle issues and knowledge
are met. Based on the rate of decline over                gaps.
the last seven years, the discharger estimates

Presentations and discussions included the          May training will be offsite at Point Molate
fate and transport of ethanol in groundwater,       and West County landfill in Contra Costa
the impact on surface water from pure               County and will focus on groundwater
ethanol spills, the potential for acid spills       protection and waste containment issues.
during the manufacture of alkylates, and the        Brown-bag topics included a May 2 session
economic impact to the State and consumers          on TMDLs and a May 18 session on in-situ
resulting from the potential supply problems        remediation of MtBE and other petroleum
with ethanol. Roger Brewer contributed his          hydrocarbons by introduction of dissolved
expertise on the toxicological effects and          oxygen.
fate and transport of ethanol and alkylates.
Chuck Headlee was a member of the panel             Staff Presentations
that discussed the storage and cleanup
issues associated with ethanol and alkylates.       On May 8 Teng-chung Wu made a
A report of the proceedings will be available       presentation on sewer overflows to the
soon and follow-up workshops are being              annual meeting of the California Water
planned.                                            Environment Association, San Francisco
                                                    Bay Section.
Water Transit Authority (Bruce Wolfe)
                                                    Dale Bowyer and I addressed the North Bay
Board staff participated in the Water Transit       Watershed Association on May 8.
Authority's inaugural Technical Advisory
Committee meeting on May 1. The Water               On May 11, 15 upper level managers from
Transit Authority was established by 1999           various agencies in China visited the Board
legislation with the mission to prepare a           offices. Chairman Muller briefed them on
plan for implementing expanded ferry                our organization and Teng-chung Wu
service in the Bay and to ultimately operate        discussed particular programs.
that service.     The Technical Advisory
Committee's (TAC) mission is to advise the          Richard Condit, Ken Katen, and Teng-
Authority and its consultants on the myriad         chung Wu served as judges at the 52nd
studies and reports to be prepared during           annual international high school science
development        of     the    Authority's        fair, held in San Jose from May 6 to 12. The
implementation and operations plan. Staff           fair had 1200 competitors from all 50 States
will be involved in the TAC's review of the         and 40 countries.
Authority's environmental planning process.
                                                    The Division Chiefs and I are planning a
The Authority will initially focus on "Phase        one-day retreat for May 16 to discuss
I" expansion to the Bay's ferry service that        priorities. We have invited Tom Howard,
could be in place in the next ten years. The        Deputy Executive Director of the State
draft Phase I development plan will be              Board, to join us.
circulated this fall, and a programmatic
EIR/EIS circulated by the end of 2002.              On May 18, our Chair, Vice Chair, and I
Staff will periodically update the Board on         will welcome Richard Katz to our Board as
the Authority's work and associated water           our new liaison. We plan to discuss our
quality issues.                                     priorities and introduce him to our various
In-house Training

In April we had an informative training on
total maximum daily loads (TMDLs). Our

                    San Francisco Bay Area Power Plant Construction Summary

                                                May 15, 2001
                                              New Items in Italics
                                   Power Plants Currently Under Construction
              Project                  Applicant      Capacity             Regional Board Status
Delta Energy Center                     Calpine and   880 MW                Facilitated in streamlining the
(Pittsburg)                              Bechtel                             wastewater reuse permitting process
                                                                            Reviewed Application for Certification
                                                                            General Industrial Stormwater Permit
                                                                             Notice Of Intent (NOI) has not yet
                                                                             been submitted
Los Medanos Energy Center               Calpine and   500 MW                Reviewed AFC
(Pittsburg)                              Bechtel                            General Industrial Stormwater Permit
                                                                             NOI has not yet been submitted
United Golden Gate Peaking Project        El Paso     51 MW                 Reviewed AFC
Phase I (provide power during peak       Merchant                           General Industrial Stormwater Permit
load time only)                           Energy                             NOI has not yet been submitted
(San Francisco International Airport)    Company
Total Generation Capacity:                            1,431 MW

                        Power Plants with Application Currently Being Reviewed by CEC
              Project                 Applicant       Capacity                 Regional Board Status
Metcalf Energy Center                 Calpine and 600 MW                 Reviewed AFC
(San Jose)                              Bechtel                          General Industrial Stormwater Permit
                                                                            NOI has not yet been submitted
Potrero Repower Project                 Mirant       540 MW              Facilitated in the interpretation of
(San Francisco)                                                             thermal limitation and requirements
                                                                            for thermal exemption
                                                                         Reviewed AFC
                                                                         Water Quality Certification application
                                                                            not yet submitted. Siting for cooling
                                                                            water intake structure yet to be
                                                                         NPDES Permit application has not yet
                                                                            been submitted.

                                                                     Potential Problem with community
United Golden Gate Project Phase II       El Paso     520 MW         No AFC or permit application received to date.
(San Francisco International Airport)    Merchant
Valero Cogeneration Project               Valero      102 MW         No AFC or permit application received to date.
Total Generation Capacity:                            1,762 MW

                     San Francisco Bay Area Power Plant Construction Summary

                                   Power Plant with Application Expected in 2001
               Project                   Applicant         Capacity              Regional Board Status
 Russell City Energy Center           Calpine/Bechtel 600 MW            No AFC or permit application received to
 (Hayward)                                                              date.
 South City                           South City LLC 550 MW             No AFC or permit application received to
 (South San Francisco)                                                  date.
 Petaluma Project                       FPL Energy       581 MW         No AFC or permit application received to
 Livermore Project                        Calpine        Unknow         No AFC or permit application received to
 Richmond Project                    City of Richmond Unknown           No AFC or permit application received to
 Total Generation Capacity:                              1,731 MW

                                      Power Plant with Application Withdrawn
               Project                  Applicant       Capacity                       Remarks
 Eastshore Substation Reliability        Calpine       91.2 MW       Provide power during peak load demand only
 Generation Project
 (Alameda County)
 Martin Substation Peaking Project         Calpine     91.2 MW         Provide power during peak load demand only
 (San Mateo County)
 Newark Substation Reliability             Calpine     91.2 MW         Provide power during peak load demand only
 Generation Project
 (Alameda County)
 San Francisco Bay Barged-Mounted          PG&E        95 MW           Provide power during peak load demand only
 Emergency Generator                      National
 (San Francisco County)                   Energy
 San Mateo Substation Peaking             Calpine        91.2 MW        Provide power during peak load demand only
 (San Mateo County)
 Scott Substation Peaking Project           Calpine      88 MW          Provide power during peak load demand only
 (Santa Clara County)
 Total Generation Capacity:                              547.8 MW
PEAK LOAD -- The highest electrical demand within a particular period of time. Daily electric peaks on
                    weekdays occur in late afternoon and early evening. Annual peaks occur on hot summer days.

PEAK LOAD POWER PLANT -- A power generating station that is normally used to produce extra electricity
             during peak load times. A plant usually housing old or low-efficiency steam units, gas
             turbines, diesels, or pumped storage hydroelectric equipment normally used during the peak-
             load periods.

PEAKING UNIT -- A power generator used by a utility to produce extra electricity during peak load times.

Note: 1,000 MW can provide energy needed by 1 million homes


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