Final report from DOE says FutureGen won’t cause significant environmental impacts

By Nick Kovatch on October 31 at 6:26am

The FutureGen Project will not have any major environmental impacts.

That’s according to the final Environmental Impact Statement concerning the $1.65 billion carbon capture and storage project. The statement was released by the Department of Energy yesterday.

FutureGen Alliance CEO Ken Humphreys says via e-mail “The Final EIS, which takes into account public comments received on the Draft EIS and updated information, identifies no significant environmental impacts as a result of implementing the FutureGen 2.0 project. With the Final EIS complete, we look forward to DOE issuing a Record of Decision which will allow us to keep this near-zero emissions project on track.”

The entire final EIS can be viewed here.

The Babcock and Wilcox Power Generation Group has signed an agreement with the FutureGen Alliance to perform full front-end engineering and design work on the FutureGen 2.0 project in Meredosia. The DOE has authorized up to $49 million to fund Babcock and Wilcox’s Phase 2 engineering and design activities. Construction of the plant would follow in Phase 3, with an anticipated start in June 2014.

Babcock and Wilcox’s Power Generation Group will design and supply a boiler island and oxy-coal combustion system, gas quality control system and provide the balance of plant engineering for the first-of-its-kind, near-zero emissions coal-fired plant.

A 12-inch-wide, linking pipeline from the clean coal facility in Meredosia will transfer liquid carbon dioxide to a permanent, underground storage site nearly a mile deep located near Route 123 and Beilschmidt Road.