The U.S. Rural Utilities Service (RUS) said in a notice to be published in the Sept. 17 Federal Register that it has extended to Nov. 12 the comment period on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Energy Answers Arecibo LLC’s proposed Waste to Energy Project in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
RUS published a notice of availability and public hearing on Aug. 7, that provided a Sept. 28 comment deadline. RUS is extending the public comment period for the Draft EIS by an additional 45 days to Nov. 12.
Energy Answers plans to request financial assistance for the proposed project from RUS. Energy Answers proposes to a construct a waste-to-energy generation and resource recovery facility in the Cambalache Ward of Arecibo. 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 (PREPA) will purchase the power. The preferred location of the facility is the site of a former paper mill and would cover approximately 79.6 acres of the 90-acre parcel.
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 2.0-mile raw water line and construction of a 38-kV transmission line of approximately 0.8 miles in length.