Rural Utilities Service extends comment period on EIS for Puerto Rico project

The U.S. Rural Utilities Services will publish in the Jan. 14 Federal Register a notice of a 30-day extension to the public comment period, notice of public scoping meeting and intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for a 77-MW project in Puerto Rico of Energy Answers Arecibo LLC.

On Nov. 28, 2014, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) published a notice of its intent to cancel a Supplemental Final Environmental Impact Statement (SFEIS) and prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in association with a financial assistance request for a proposal submitted by Energy Answers Arecibo. RUS is now extending the comment period by an additional 30 days from the date of the Jan. 14 notice. RUS intends to conduct public scoping, a public scoping meeting, and prepare an EIS to meet its responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act. A public scoping meeting will be held on Jan. 28 at Arecibo. 

Energy Answers proposes to construct a waste-to-energy generation and resource recovery facility in the Cambalache Ward of Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The proposed facility would process approximately 2,100 tons of municipal waste per day and generate a gross capacity of approximately 77 MW. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority will purchase the power generated from the facility. The preferred location is the former site of the Global Fibers Paper Mill and would encompass approximately 79.6 acres of the 90-acre parcel. The proposal would include: 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 include installation of an approximately 2.0-mile raw water line and a 115-kV transmission line of approximately 0.8 miles in length. The connected actions will be addressed in the EIS.

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