30800                         Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices

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Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices                                             30803
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The U.S. Department of Energy announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential environmental impacts for the proposed action of providing Federal funding for the proposed Texas Clean Energy Project near Odessa, Texas.

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  1. 1. 30800 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices Access at: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/nara/ technologies used to generate electricity Displays and other information about index.html. from fossil fuels, including natural gas. DOE’s proposed action and Summit’s Summit proposes to build its IGCC project will be available, and Authority: Section 1605 of the American plant adjacent to an oil field in Ector Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Public Law representatives from DOE and Summit 111–5. County, Texas. The plant would use will be present at the informal session coal as its feedstock. It would capture, to discuss the proposed project, DOE’s Dated: May 28, 2010. in the form of CO2, about 90% of the CCPI program, and the EIS process. Arne Duncan, carbon in the portion of its coal fuel Secretary of Education. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the supply used for power production. The [FR Doc. 2010–13308 Filed 6–1–10; 8:45 am] plant would employ two gasifiers, scope of the EIS and requests to feeding a single, combined-cycle power participate in the public scoping BILLING CODE 4000–01–P island to generate about 400 MW (gross) meeting should be addressed to: Mr. of electricity, with the co-production of Mark L. McKoy, U.S. Department of DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY sulfuric acid and urea (for fertilizer) or Energy, National Energy Technology other chemicals. About 275 MW of Laboratory, 3610 Collins Ferry Road, Notice of Intent To Prepare an electricity would be put onto the power P.O. Box 880, Morgantown, WV 26507– Environmental Impact Statement for grid, with the remaining power used for 0880. Individuals and organizations Texas Clean Energy Project, Ector commercial loads on the project site, who would like to provide oral or County, TX such as urea production and CO2 electronic comments, or request copies compression. During DOE of the Draft EIS, should contact Mr. AGENCY: Department of Energy. McKoy by telephone (304–285–4426), ACTION: Notice of Intent To Prepare An demonstration phase of the project, it would permanently sequester CO2 at a toll-free telephone (1–800–432–8330 Environmental Impact Statement. (ext. 4426), fax (304–285–4403), e-mail maximum rate of about 3 million tons per year by piping it to Permian Basin (Summit.EIS@netl.doe.gov), or formal SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of oil fields, where it would be used by mail submitted to the address given Energy (DOE or Department) announces field operators for enhanced oil recovery above. its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the (EOR). Summit is owned jointly by the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For National Environmental Policy Act Summit Power Group, Inc. and CW further information about this project, (NEPA), the Council on Environmental NextGen, Inc. (CWNI), a Clayton contact Mr. Mark L. McKoy, as Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations (40 Williams company. The project team described above. For general CFR parts 1500–1508), and DOE NEPA includes Summit Power Group, Inc.; information on the DOE NEPA process, implementing procedures (10 CFR part Blue Source, LLC; Siemens, AG; and please contact Ms. Carol M. Borgstrom, 1021), to assess the potential CWNI; among others. Director, Office of NEPA Policy and environmental impacts for the proposed DOE issues this Notice of Intent (NOI) Compliance (GC–54), U.S. Department action of providing Federal funding for to inform interested parties of the of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, the proposed Texas Clean Energy pending EIS and to invite public SW., Washington, DC 20585–0103; Project (TCEP) near Odessa, Texas. The comments on the proposed action, telephone: 202–586–4600; fax: 202– project would comprise planning, including: (1) The proposed plans for 586–7031; or leave a toll-free message at design, construction and operation by implementing the project, (2) the range 1–800–472–2756. Summit Texas Clean Energy, LLC of environmental issues and alternatives to be analyzed, and (3) the analysis SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (Summit) of a coal-fueled electric power and chemicals production plant methods to be used or considered Background integrated with carbon dioxide (CO2) during preparation of the EIS. capture and geologic sequestration. DOE DATES: DOE invites comments on the Since the early 1970s, DOE and its selected this project for an award of proposed scope and content of the EIS predecessor agencies have pursued financial assistance through a from all interested parties. Comments research and development programs competitive process under the Clean must be received by July 2, 2010, to that include large, technically complex Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) program ensure consideration. Late comments projects in pursuit of innovation in a (Round 3). will be considered to the extent wide variety of coal technologies The EIS (DOE/EIS–0444) will inform practicable. In addition to accepting through the proof-of-concept stage. DOE’s decision on whether to provide comments in writing (formal letters, However, helping a technology reach financial assistance under its CCPI faxes and e-mails) and by telephone the proof-of-concept stage does not program. DOE proposes to provide (See ADDRESSES below), DOE will ensure its continued development or Summit with approximately $350 conduct a public scoping meeting in commercialization. Before a technology million in funding for this project, which government agencies, private- can be considered seriously for which would demonstrate the full sector organizations, and the general commercialization, it must be integration of CO2 capture and public are invited to present oral demonstrated at a sufficient scale to sequestration with a commercial, comments or suggestions with regard to prove its reliability and economically integrated gasification combined-cycle the alternatives and issues to be competitive performance. The financial (IGCC) poly-generation (electricity and considered in the EIS. The scoping risk associated with such large-scale chemicals) plant. DOE’s contribution of meeting will be held beginning at 7 p.m. demonstration projects is often too high $350 million would constitute about 20 on Thursday, June 17, 2010, in the for the private sector to assume in the sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES percent of the estimated total Saulsbury Meeting Room of the absence of strong incentives. development and capital cost of the Electronics Technology Building at The CCPI program was established in project, which is estimated to be $1.73 Odessa College, 201 West University 2002 as a government and private sector billion (2009 dollars). TCEP would Blvd, Odessa, Texas 79764. The public partnership to implement the employ advanced clean coal is also invited to learn more about the recommendation in President Bush’s technologies to reduce the levels of CO2 proposed project at an informal session National Energy Policy to increase emissions below that of conventional at this location beginning at 4 p.m. investment in clean coal technology. VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:46 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1
  2. 2. Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices 30801 Through cooperative agreements with pipelines (with the construction of short electricity that can be generated from a its private sector partners, the program new connector pipelines) where the CO2 quantity of coal. Both turbines would advances clean coal technologies to could be used in EOR operations. Most generate electricity for sale, with a part commercialization; these technologies likely, CO2 would be transported in an of the electricity diverted to service often involve combustion existing regional CO2 pipeline network. other parts of the poly-generation plant improvements, control system advances, A short, approximately two-mile, new and on-site commercial loads. At full gasifier designs, pollution reductions CO2 pipeline could connect the power capacity, the plant would be expected to (including greenhouse gas reduction), plant site to the nearest existing trunk use about 5,800 tons of low-sulfur coal efficiency increases, fuel processing pipeline. per day (about 1.9 to 2.0 million tons techniques and other improvements. per year). Coal would be delivered by Proposed Plant Congress established criteria for railroad trains from the Powder River projects receiving financial assistance Summit would construct an IGCC Basin and would be bought through under this program in Title IV of the poly-generation plant that is designed to contracts on the open market. Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109– capture approximately 90 percent of its The plant would minimize emissions 58) (EPACT 2005). Under this statute, CO2, and sequester it through use in of sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, CCPI projects must ‘‘advance efficiency, EOR operations. Summit, or another mercury, and particulates as compared environmental performance and cost entity, would operate the plant to to conventional coal-fueled power competitiveness well beyond the level demonstrate the commercial feasibility plants. In compliance with Texas House of technologies that are in commercial of a fully integrated, coal-fueled 400 Bill 469, the project would be required service’’ (Pub. L. 109–58, Sec. 402(a)). In MW-equivalent generating unit that to meet stringent emissions limits: 0.034 February 2009, the American Recovery would produce 275 MW of electricity pounds of NOX per million BTUs, 0.04 and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. for the power grid (with additional pounds of SOX per million BTUs, 95 111–5, 123 Stat. 115 (Feb. 17, 2009)) amounts for on-site commercial loads percent reduction in mercury emissions, (ARRA) appropriated $3.4 billion to and plant use) plus sulfuric acid, urea and 0.015 pounds of particulates per DOE for ‘‘Fossil Energy Research and and perhaps other chemicals such as million BTUs. The project’s air permit Development;’’ the Department intends ammonia, methanol or substitute application with the Texas Commission to use a significant portion of these natural gas. Following the on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) funds to provide financial assistance to demonstration phase, the project would includes even lower emissions limits CCPI projects. continue long-term commercial than those required by HB 469. operations with continuing sales of Emissions of carbon monoxide and Purpose and Need for Agency Action power, urea, captured CO2 and other volatile organic compounds would be The purpose and need for the DOE chemical products. controlled. action are to advance the CCPI program The new plant would consist of two Steam from the gasification and by funding projects that have the best gasifiers, a gas processing and cleanup syngas processing could be condensed, chance of achieving the program’s system, a syngas-fueled combustion treated, and recycled into the gasifier or objectives as established by Congress: turbine, a heat-recovery steam generator, added to the plant’s cooling water the commercialization of clean coal a steam turbine, a sulfur recovery plant, circuit. Slag from the gasifiers would be technologies that advance efficiency, a chemicals production plant, and sold for beneficial uses. Other solid environmental performance, and cost associated facilities. The system is materials generated by the various plant designed with duplicate, over-sized processes would be accumulated on site competitiveness well beyond the level gasifiers to ensure full-time availability and made available for beneficial use, of technologies that are currently in of syngas production, with sufficient recycling or, if these options are not commercial service. supply for both the production of available, disposed of in accordance Summit’s Proposed Project electricity (more than 75 percent) and with applicable laws. chemicals (less than 25 percent). The chemical plant would use the Site of Proposed Project: Penwell, Texas The plant proposed by Summit would Haber process to convert syngas into The proposed site is located on 600 gasify coal to produce ‘‘synthesis gas’’ ammonia and the Bosch-Meiser process acres, approximately 15 miles southwest (or ‘‘syngas’’—mostly carbon monoxide to convert ammonia into urea for of the city of Odessa in Ector County, (CO), hydrogen gas (H2), CO2 and fertilizer. With equipment additions or Texas. The site is on flat land north of steam), which would be processed to changes, other chemicals could be the town of Penwell and Interstate increase the H2 content (by converting produced. Highway I–20. The proposed power CO and H2O into H2 plus CO2) and Other notable equipment would plant property is arid, non-arable brush cleaned of particulates and acid gases to include coal storage facilities, a coal (mesquite-lotebush-juniper) and range produce a H2-rich, carbon-lean fuel. The preparation plant and coal feed system, land. Surrounding areas are or were H2-rich fuel would power the gas air separators, stacks, mechanical draft used primarily for ranching to the north combustion turbine, and CO2 emissions cooling tower (dry cooling is planned and east and oil production to the west would be minimal (only a fraction of for the power generation facilities and and south, with some scattered those of a natural gas power plant) as a wet cooling for other portions of the industrial facilities (quarry, cement result of the hydrogen-rich, carbon-lean plant), a unit for converting captured plant, etc.) within sight to the east and fuel. Hot exhaust gas from the gas sulfur dioxide into sulfuric acid for sale south. There is an extensive junk yard combustion turbine would generate on the market, and a particulate of abandoned oil and gas equipment steam from water in the heat recovery filtration system. The height of the sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES along the site’s southern border, on the steam generator to drive the steam tallest proposed stack would be other side of a railroad. The site has turbine. Using a heat recovery steam approximately 140 feet above ground access to coal delivery via rail along the generator and a steam turbine to capture level. Additionally, the plant would southern border of the property, and it energy from the exhaust gases of the require the construction of a railroad connects to I–20 via Farm-to-Market combustion turbine is the essence of the loop, coal unloading facilities, ash/slag Road 1601. There are numerous oil combined-cycle approach and increases handling facilities, access roads, fields within reach of existing CO2 both efficiency and the total amount of administration buildings, water and VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1
  3. 3. 30802 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices waste water treatment facilities, and a sequester about 3 million tons of CO2 facilities, including the capture and sale waste water disposal well. An per year by transporting it in pipelines of CO2, would be expected to continue underpass may be constructed beneath to oil fields in the Permian Basin of west for 30 to 50 years. Summit plans to start the adjoining railroad. Texas for use in EOR operations. These construction during 2011 and fields are well characterized, and some commercial operations (demonstration Proposed Linear Facilities already make extensive use of CO2 for phase) by late 2014. The schedule is Linear facilities are the power EOR. As a consequence of EOR contingent upon Summit receiving the transmission lines and pipelines that operations, most of the captured CO2 necessary permits (which would be convey electricity and materials to and (more than 99 percent) would be preceded by hearings, public comment from the plant. Electricity could be sequestered in deep underground opportunities and other events conveyed to regional 345 kV geologic formations that would be transmission lines via an approved mandated by applicable regulations and monitored to verify the quantity and agency procedures) and financial ERCOT (Electric Reliability Council of permanence of CO2 storage. The use of Texas) grid extension but could also be closing on all the necessary funding CO2 in this manner would continue the transmitted via local interconnects with sources, including DOE’s financial existing uses of the subject fields, either of two 138 kV transmission lines, namely enhanced oil production using assistance. DOE’s decision to provide one located approximately 0.7 miles to CO2. financial assistance for detailed design, the north and the other located 1.8 miles The EOR process involves the procurement of expensive equipment, to the south. Rights-of-ways (ROWs) repeated injection of CO2 to reduce the construction, and operations will be would be approximately 200 ft wide. An oil’s viscosity and to move it through informed by the NEPA process. electrical substation would be the reservoir. During EOR operations, Connected and Cumulative Actions constructed to facilitate the connection pore space left by the extracted oil is to the grid. occupied by the injected CO2, Under the cooperative agreement Process water would be obtained from sequestering it in the geologic between DOE and Summit, DOE would local wastewater treatment facilities formation. Reservoirs are not over- share in the cost of the power and (using effluent from the Gulf Coast pressurized from CO2 for EOR chemical plant, supporting facilities and Authority, the City of Odessa, and/or operations, because fluid volumes are site infrastructure (including that the City of Midland) or from a re- removed from the reservoirs in amounts required for sequestration monitoring, charging aquifer in the region. Other corresponding to those injected in the verification and accounting (MVA), and water supply options may be considered reservoirs. the costs associated with implementing during the project planning. The water and documenting the results of the Summit’s Technology Alternatives would be conveyed by one or more new Summit has proposed to use Siemens demonstration test plan during the pipelines constructed on a combination SFG–500 gasifiers and a Siemens F-class demonstration phase). Under this of existing and new ROWs over combined-cycle power island. As plans agreement, DOE would not share in the distances ranging between about 10 miles and 54 miles. progress, Summit will make a final costs of normal plant operations during Wastewater would be processed in a selection of air separation technology, the demonstration phase. For activities new on-site wastewater treatment plant. water/gas shift reactor technology, acid that would not occur if not for this The plant would be designed for zero gas removal system technology (for project, DOE will consider these as liquid discharge. capturing both CO2 and acid gases, such connected actions and will evaluate Natural gas, which would be used to as H2S), sulfur recovery technology (e.g., them in the EIS. start the plant, would be obtained from Claus process), and urea production DOE will consider the cumulative an existing pipeline that traverses the technology (e.g., combination of the impacts of both the cost-shared proposed project site or from a gas line Haber ammonia production process and activities and other activities, along located either to the north or to the Bosch-Meiser urea production process). with any other connected actions, south of the site. Natural gas also may Summit has proposed to use only including those of third parties. be used to fuel the power island commercially proven, fully warranted Cumulative impacts analysis will initially, while the remainder of the equipment to reduce risks and costs. include the analysis of pollutant plant is under construction. The technological advancement is in the emissions (including greenhouse gas The plant may deliver its CO2 to the integration of all these components. A emissions) and other incremental existing Central Basin CO2 pipeline, competitive process would be used to impacts that, when added to past, which is less than two miles to the east select vendors and manufacturers (other present and reasonably foreseeable of the proposed plant site. In this than for the Siemens-supplied future impacts, may have significant option, a short new pipeline would be equipment). A wide variety of chemicals effects on the human environment. DOE constructed eastwards along new ROW. could be produced, depending on will not consider impacts associated Alternatively, new pipelines could be chemical processing equipment constructed to either existing oil fields installed. Current plans indicate market with the purchase of commodities (such or to other existing pipelines. New viability for the production and sale of as coal) on the open market, coal ROWs would require widths of 100 ft urea (for fertilizer), ammonia, methanol mining, or the transportation of coal as for construction and approximately 50 ft and substitute natural gas (SNG). a general industrial activity (as for pipeline operations. Sales and distinguished from the delivery of coal Proposed Project Schedule to the project site, specifically), given conveyance options for CO2 are sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES currently under consideration and The project proposed by Summit these impacts are generally well known negotiation. includes the planning, design, and would occur regardless of DOE’s construction, initial start-up, and early decision regarding financial assistance Proposed Use of CO2 for Enhanced Oil operation of the plant and associated for this project. No coal for this project Recovery and Sequestration facilities for a period of three years would come from ‘‘mountaintop During DOE’s demonstration phase of under the DOE demonstration phase. removal’’ forms of mining, which are not plant operations, the project would Thereafter the plant and associated practiced in the Powder River Basin. 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  4. 4. Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices 30803 Alternatives, Including the Proposed given to environmental factors. DOE FutureGen (reference: DOE/EIS–0394). Action will make the synopsis available to the In particular, Summit sought a site NEPA requires that agencies evaluate public by posting it on NETL’s Web site. where CO2 sales options were readily the reasonable alternatives to their After DOE selects a project for an available and the market was strong and proposed action. The purpose and need award, the range of reasonable dependable so that there would be no alternatives becomes the project as reliance on pending legislation for CO2 for agency action determines the range proposed by the applicant, any capture and sequestration and no need of reasonable alternatives. In this case, alternatives still under consideration by for a long CO2 pipeline that might not the purpose and need for DOE’s the applicant or that are reasonable be built. The EIS will briefly describe proposed action—providing cost-shared within the confines of the project as Summit’s site selection process. funding for Summit’s project—is to proposed (e.g., the particular location of However, DOE does not plan to analyze advance the CCPI program by funding the plant on the parcel of land proposed in detail any alternative sites considered projects that have the best chance of for the project) and a ‘‘no action’’ and dismissed by Summit because achieving the program’s objectives as alternative. Regarding a no action Summit is no longer considering these established by Congress: The alternative, DOE assumes for purposes other alternatives and because they were commercialization of clean coal of the EIS that, if it decides to withhold technologies that advance efficiency, not part of the proposal that Summit financial assistance, the project would offered and DOE accepted. environmental performance, and cost not proceed. competitiveness well beyond the level DOE currently plans to evaluate the Floodplains and Wetlands of technologies that are currently in project as proposed by Summit (with service. The footprint of the proposed plant and without any mitigating conditions would not affect any wetlands or DOE’s NEPA regulations include a that DOE may identify as reasonable and process for identifying and analyzing floodplains. Wetland and floodplain appropriate); alternatives to Summit’s impacts, if any, from construction of reasonable alternatives in the context of proposal that it is still considering (e.g., providing financial assistance through a pipelines and transmission lines would water sources, sales options for CO2, be identified during the preparation of competitive selection of projects and the ROWs for linear facilities); and proposed by entities outside the federal the EIS and described in the EIS. In the the no action alternative. DOE and event that the EIS identifies wetlands government. The range of reasonable Summit will consider other reasonable alternatives in competitions for grants, and floodplains that would be affected alternatives suggested during the by the proposed project, including its loans, loan guarantees, and other scoping period. financial support is defined initially by linear facilities and connected actions, Under the no action alternative, DOE the range of responsive proposals DOE will prepare a floodplain and would not provide funding to Summit. received by DOE. Unlike projects wetland assessment in accordance with In the absence of financial assistance undertaken by DOE itself, the its regulations at 10 CFR part 1022 and from DOE, Summit could reasonably Department cannot mandate what include the assessment in the EIS. pursue two options. It could build the outside entities propose, where they project without DOE funding; the Preliminary Identification of propose their project, or how they impacts of this option would be Environmental Issues propose to do it, beyond expressing essentially the same as those of DOE’s basic requirements in the funding DOE intends to address the issues proposed action, except any DOE- opportunity announcement; and these required mitigations would not be listed below when considering the express requirements must be limited to imposed. Or, Summit could choose not potential impacts resulting from the those that further the program’s to pursue its project, and there would be construction and operation of Summit’s objectives. DOE’s decision is then no impacts from the project. This latter proposed project and any connected limited to selecting among the option would not contribute to the goal actions. This list is neither intended to applications that meet the program’s of the CCPI program, which is to be inclusive nor a predetermined set of goals. accelerate commercial deployment of potential impacts. DOE invites Recognizing that the range of advanced coal technologies that provide comments on whether this is the correct reasonable alternatives in the context of the United States with clean, reliable, list of important issues that should be financial assistance and contracting is and affordable energy. However, as considered in the EIS. The determined by the number and nature of required by NEPA, DOE analyzes this environmental issues include: the proposals received, section 216 of option as the no action alternative for • Air quality impacts: Potential for air DOE’s NEPA regulations requires the the purpose of making a meaningful emissions during construction and Department to prepare an comparison between the impacts of DOE operation of the power plant and ‘‘environmental critique’’ that assesses providing financial assistance and appurtenant facilities to impact local the environmental impacts and issues withholding that assistance. sensitive receptors, local environmental relating to each of the proposals that the Alternatives considered by Summit in conditions, and special-use areas, DOE selecting official considers for an developing its proposed project will be including contributions to smog and award. See 10 CFR 1021.216. This discussed in the EIS. Summit haze, impacts from dust and any official considers these impacts and considered a number of sites (six in significant vapor plumes, and issues, along with other aspects of the Texas alone) and determined that the consequences of greenhouse gas proposals (such as technical merit and only reasonable site for continued emissions; financial ability) and the program’s consideration is the one at Penwell. • Water resource impacts: Potential sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES objectives, in making awards. DOE Summit’s consideration included impacts from water utilization and prepared a critique of the proposals that market opportunities and conditions, evaporation; were deemed suitable for selection in local infrastructure, physical suitability • Infrastructure and land use impacts: this round of awards for the CCPI of the sites, and environmental Potential environmental and program. DOE will prepare an concerns. Two of the sites had already socioeconomic impacts associated with ‘‘environmental synopsis,’’ based on the been environmentally reviewed and the project, including delivery of feed critique, to document consideration cleared for a very similar project, materials and distribution of products VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1
  5. 5. 30804 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 105 / Wednesday, June 2, 2010 / Notices (e.g., power transmission lines, EIS. The public scoping period will end DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY pipelines); on July 2, 2010. Interested government • Visual impacts associated with agencies, private-sector organizations Biomass Research and Development facility structures: View shed impacts, and individuals are encouraged to Technical Advisory Committee impacts to scenic views (e.g., impacts submit comments or suggestions AGENCY: Department of Energy, Office of caused by the plant structures, water concerning the content of the EIS, issues Energy Efficiency and Renewable vapor plumes, flares, power and impacts that should be addressed, Energy. transmission lines, pipelines), internal and alternatives that should be and external perception of the considered. Scoping comments should ACTION: Notice of open meeting. community or locality; clearly describe specific issues or topics SUMMARY: This notice announces an • Solid waste impacts: Pollution that the EIS should address. Written, e- open meeting of the Biomass Research prevention and waste management mailed, faxed, or telephoned comments and Development Technical Advisory issues (generation, treatment, transport, should be received by July 2, 2010 (see Committee under Section 9008(d) of the storage, disposal or use), including the ADDRESSES). Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of handling of slag, water treatment sludge, DOE will conduct a public scoping 2008. The Federal Advisory Committee sulfur by-products, and hazardous meeting beginning at 7 p.m. on Act (Pub. L. 92–463, 86 Stat. 770) materials; Thursday, June 17, 2010 in the • Ecological impacts: Potential on-site requires that agencies publish these Saulsbury Meeting Room of the and off-site impacts to vegetation, notices in the Federal Register to allow Electronics Technology Building at terrestrial wildlife, aquatic wildlife, for public participation. This notice Odessa College, 201 West University threatened or endangered species, and announces the meeting of the Biomass Blvd., Odessa, Texas 79764. The public ecologically sensitive habitats; Research and Development Technical is also invited to learn more about the • Traffic issues: Potential impacts Advisory Committee. proposed project at an informal session from the construction and operation of at this location beginning at 4 p.m. DATES: the facilities, including changes in local Anyone who wishes to speak at this June 23, 2010; 10:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. traffic patterns, deterioration of roads, public scoping meeting should contact June 24, 2010; 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. traffic hazards, and traffic controls; Mr. Mark L. McKoy, either by phone, ADDRESSES: Hyatt Arlington, 1325 • Historic and cultural resource fax, e-mail, or letter (see ADDRESSES). Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia issues: Potential impacts, primarily Those who do not arrange in advance 22209, (703) 525–1234. related to linear facilities and connected to speak may register at the meeting FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: actions; (preferably at the beginning of the Laura McCann, Designated Federal • Fate and stability of sequestered meeting) and may speak after previously Officer for the Committee, Office of CO2 (and other captured gases) during scheduled speakers. Speakers will be Energy Efficiency and Renewable and after EOR usage; given approximately five minutes to Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, • Health and safety issues associated present their comments. Those speakers 1000 Independence Avenue, SW., with CO2 capture, transport, and usage who want more than five minutes Washington, DC 20585; (202) 586–7766; in EOR; should indicate the length of time e-mail: laura.mccann@ee.doe.gov or T.J. • Marketability of products desired in their request. Depending on Heibel at (410) 997–7778 ext. 223; e- (including by-products) and market the number of speakers, DOE may need mail: theibel@bcs-hq.com. access to feedstocks; to limit all speakers to five minutes SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: • Socio-economic impacts, including initially and provide second the creation of jobs and the impacts of Purpose of Meeting: To provide opportunities as time permits. Speakers advice and guidance that promotes State and local tax incentives; may also provide written materials to • Disproportionate impacts on research and development leading to the supplement their presentations. Oral production of biobased fuels and minority and low-income populations; and written comments will be given • Noise and light impacts: Potential biobased products. equal consideration. Federal, State and Tentative Agenda: Agenda will impacts from construction, local elected officials and tribal leaders transportation of materials, and facility include the following: may be given priority in the order of • Update on USDA Biomass R&D operations; those making oral comments. • Connected actions: Potential Activities. DOE will begin the formal meeting development of support facilities or • Update on DOE Biomass R&D with an overview of Summit’s proposed supporting infrastructure; Activities. Texas Clean Energy Project. The • Cumulative effects that result from • Presentation on DOE/USDA Joint meeting will not be conducted as an the incremental impacts of the proposed Solicitation Process. evidentiary hearing, and speakers will project when added to other past, • Presentation on DOE and USDA not be cross-examined. However, present, and reasonably foreseeable loan guarantee programs. speakers may be asked questions to help future projects; • Presentation on SC/NIFA joint ensure that DOE fully understands the • Compliance with regulatory comments or suggestions. A presiding solicitation (genetics). requirements and environmental • Update on Biomass R&D Board officer will establish the order of permitting; Activities. speakers and provide any additional • Environmental monitoring plans procedures necessary to conduct the Public Participation: In keeping with associated with the power plant and procedures, members of the public are sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES meeting. with the CO2 sequestration sites. welcome to observe the business of the Issued in Washington, DC, this 27th day of Biomass Research and Development Public Scoping Process May, 2010. Technical Advisory Committee. To To ensure identification of all issues James J. Markowsky, attend the meeting and/or to make oral related to DOE’s proposed action and Assistant Secretary, Office of Fossil Energy. statements regarding any of the items on Summit’s proposed project, DOE seeks [FR Doc. 2010–13215 Filed 6–1–10; 8:45 am] the agenda, you should contact Laura public input to define the scope of the BILLING CODE 6450–01–P McCann at 202–586–7766; E-mail: VerDate Mar<15>2010 19:08 Jun 01, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM02JNN1.SGM 02JNN1

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