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§ 1723.5. Presentation of Evidence; Burdens of Producing Evidence; Burdens of Proof.

20 CA ADC § 1723.5Barclays Official California Code of Regulations

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Title 20. Public Utilities and Energy
Division 2. State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission (Refs & Annos)
Chapter 5. Power Plant Site Certification
Article 2. Procedures for Considering Notices of Intention to File an Application for Certification
20 CCR § 1723.5
§ 1723.5. Presentation of Evidence; Burdens of Producing Evidence; Burdens of Proof.
(a) The applicant has the burden of proof and of producing evidence on each of the following:
(1) The probable need for the proposed facilities;
(2) A reasonable likelihood that the principal adverse impacts on the environment can be mitigated or avoided;
(3) A reasonable likelihood that the facilities can be constructed and operated safely and reliably;
(4) The suitability of the sites to accommodate the facilities;
(5) The reasonableness of the likely financial impacts of constructing and operating the facilities; and
(6) A reasonable likelihood that the construction and operation of the proposed facilities will comply with the federal, state, regional, and local laws, standards, ordinances, and land use plans which are applicable to the proposals.
(b) The staff shall present its independent assessment of the need for the facilities and of the adequacy of the measures proposed by the applicant to protect environmental quality and to protect public health and safety. The staff may also present evidence on any other matter relevant to the proceeding and shall present evidence on such matters and issues as the presiding member directs.
(c) Any party or person may propose modifications in the design, construction, location, or other conditions to protect public health and environmental quality, to ensure safe and reliable operation, or to meet the standards, policies, and guidelines established by the commission. If the proponent of any such modification or condition demonstrates its apparent reasonableness, the presiding member may direct the applicant and/or staff to examine and present further evidence on the need for and feasibility of such modification or condition.
(d) The staff shall conduct an independent environmental assessment of the applicant's proposals and present a report on its findings at the hearings. The report shall summarize the principal adverse environmental effects of the applicant's siting proposals, evaluate the potential mitigation measures available to the applicant, and assess the feasibility of reasonable alternative sites and facilities other than those proposed by the applicant, which the staff believes may substantially lessen or avoid the principal adverse effects of the applicant's proposal. Any person may suggest one or more of such alternatives to the staff and committee for consideration in the staff report.
(e) Any party or person may propose that the commission approve any alternative site and related facility in lieu of or in addition to the applicant's proposals. The proponent of such alternative siting proposal has the burden of presenting evidence to establish the suitability and acceptability of such proposal as set forth in subsection (a) of this section. The presiding member may also direct the staff to investigate any alternative siting proposal.


Note: Authority cited: Sections 25218(e) and 25541.5, Public Resources Code. Reference: Sections 25509.5, 25511 and 25513, Public Resources Code.
1. Amendment of subsection (a) filed 1-11-83; designated effective 2-1-83 pursuant to Government Code Section 11346.2(d) (Register 83, No. 3).
This database is current through 5/26/23 Register 2023, No. 21.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 20, § 1723.5, 20 CA ADC § 1723.5
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