Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Orlando Gasification Project, Orlando, FL
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations (40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508), and the DOE NEPA regulations (10 CFR Part 1021), to assess the potential environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of a project proposed by Southern Company in partnership with Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), which has been selected by DOE under the Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI) program. The proposed project would demonstrate advanced power generation systems using Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) technology at OUC's Stanton Energy Center near Orlando, Florida. The facilities would convert coal into synthesis gas for generating between 285 and 330 MW (megawatts) of electricity while substantially reducing emissions of sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen, and mercury, as compared to conventional coal-fired power plants. The EIS will help DOE decide whether to provide approximately $235 million in cost-shared funding (about 42% of the total cost of approximately $557 million) for the proposed project. Accordingly, the EIS will evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed project and reasonable alternatives. The purpose of this Notice of Intent is to inform the public about the proposed project; invite public participation in the EIS process; announce the plans for a public scoping meeting; and solicit public comments for consideration in establishing the scope and content of the EIS.
Commission Information Collection Activities, Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Extension
In compliance with the requirements of section 3507 of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 44 U.S.C. 3507, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (Commission) has submitted the information collection described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and extension of this information collection requirement. Any interested person may file comments directly with OMB and should address a copy of those comments to the Commission as explained below. The Commission received no comments in response to an earlier Federal Register notice of May 25, 2005 (70 FR 30092-94), and has made this notation in its submission to OMB.
Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board, Paducah
This notice announces a meeting of the Environmental Management Site-Specific Advisory Board (EMSSAB), Paducah. The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92-463, 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of this meeting be announced in the Federal Register.
Remediation of the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Final Environmental Impact Statement, Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah, Final Environmental Impact Statement
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Environmental Management (EM) announces the availability of the Remediation of the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Final Environmental Impact Statement, Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah (DOE/EIS- 0355)(FEIS). The FEIS has been prepared in accordance with the regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality (Title 40 Code of Federal Regulations [CFR] Parts 1500-1508) for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and DOE's NEPA Implementing Procedures (10 CFR Part 1021). The FEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with remediating contaminated soils, tailings, and ground water at the Moab Uranium Mill Tailings Site (Moab site), Grand County, Utah, and contaminated soils in adjacent public and private properties (vicinity properties) near the Moab site. The FEIS analyzes one on-site and three off-site alternative disposal locations for remediation of surface contamination; one alternative for remediation of contaminated ground water; and the No Action Alternative. Remediation alternatives for the disposal of surface contamination include on-site disposal of the mill tailings at their current location in Moab, Utah; and three off-site disposal alternatives in Utah: Klondike Flats, Crescent Junction, and the White Mesa Mill. For transportation of the mill tailings to the off-site alternatives, three modes have been considered: Truck, rail, and slurry pipeline. The FEIS identifies Crescent Junction as DOE's preferred alternative for disposal of the Moab mill tailings and other contaminated materials using predominantly rail transportation. Under the preferred alternative, DOE would remove the contaminated mill tailings from adjacent to the Colorado River and relocate them at the Crescent Junction site. The FEIS also identifies active ground water remediation as DOE's preferred alternative for contaminated ground water to eliminate the potential ongoing impacts to aquatic species in the Colorado River resulting from contaminated ground water discharges.