SALEM — The Oregon Department of Energy will hold an informational meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, for the public to review a proposed amendment to the Boardman Coal Plant operated by Portland General Electric. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Port of Morrow in Boardman (2 Marine Dr.).
At the meeting, ODOE and representatives of PGE will introduce the amendment request and explain the state review process to local residents. If approved, the proposed amendment will change PGE’s site certificate to allow temporary storage and processing of biomass material on the plant site. It would also allow PGE to conduct test burns of the processed material at the plant. PGE has agreed to end the use of coal at the facility by the end of 2020.
The Boardman Coal Plant, in operation since 1980, is located on Tower Road about ten miles south of the Boardman Airport.
This is an information meeting only and not a public hearing. ODOE staff and PGE will be available to answer questions after a short presentation. Public testimony will not be taken at the informational meeting.
PGE submitted a Request for Amendment #9 on Oct. 26, 2012. ODOE issued a notice for the public information meeting on November 9. The public can comment on the amendment request in writing until 5 p.m. on December 10. For details, please see the public notice.
After reviewing the proposed amendment and comments received, ODOE will prepare a proposed order that will recommend to the Energy Facility Siting Council the approval, modification, or denial of the amendment request.
For more information on the Boardman Coal Plant, please go to the ODOE website at http://cms.oregon.gov/energy/Siting/Pages/BCP.aspx
To request an interpreter for the hearing impaired, or accommodations for persons with disabilities, please contact ODOE at least 72 hours before the meeting at 1-800-221-8035 or fax 503-373-7806. TTY users should call the Oregon Relay Service at 711.
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