Rural Utilities Service to look at impacts of 77-MW Puerto Rico project

The federal Rural Utilities Service (RUS) said in a notice to be published in the April 12 Federal Register that it intends to prepare a Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) in connection with a waste-to-energy project in Puerto Rico of Energy Answers Arecibo LLC.

The proposal consists of constructing a waste-to-energy generation and resource recovery facility in the Cambalache Ward of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Energy Answers Arecibo may request a loan guarantee from RUS.

The proposed facility would process approximately 2,100 tons of municipal waste per day and generate a net capacity of 77 MW. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will purchase power generated from the facility.

The preferred location of the facility is the site of a former paper mill. The proposal would include the following facility components: a municipal solid waste receiving and processing building; processed refuse fuel storage building; boiler and steam turbine; emission control system; ash processing and storage building; and other associated infrastructure and buildings.

Two other connected actions, which would be constructed by other utilities, include installation of an approximately 2-mile raw water line and construction of a 38-kV transmission line about 0.8 miles in length. The connected actions will be addressed in the proposal’s SFEIS.

The Puerto Rico Industrial Development Co. (PRIDCO) served as lead agency in preparation of a Final EIS prepared under Puerto Rico law. RUS will incorporate by reference the environmental document prepared by PRIDCO into its SFEIS.

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