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FutureGen Alliance 2.0 Permit Application

Map showing location of proposed TEC well

Site Location - Map of proposed well location (PDF) (1pg, 56 K) Morgan County, Ill.

Open House and Hearing

The EPA will hold an open house and a formal public hearing on the FutureGen draft permits.

Wednesday, May 7

MacMurray College
447 E. College Ave.
Jacksonville, Ill.

Open House and Q&A

Public hearing

Contact Information

Jeffrey McDonald (mcdonald.jeffrey@epa.gov)
312-353-6288 or 800-621-8431, ext. 36288

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The FutureGen Alliance applied for permits to construct and operate four Class VI injection wells for the purpose of geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has proposed to approve permits to allow the FutureGen Alliance to inject and store carbon dioxide, or CO2 , underground at a facility in Morgan County, Illinois, approximately 11 miles northeast of Jacksonville. The process is called, “carbon sequestration.” EPA is accepting comments from the public on the draft permits. 

On April 4, EPA made minor corrections and adjustments to its in-box for electronic comments on these permits. EPA's computer system indicates that no electronic comments were submitted between March 31 and April 3. If, however, you sent a comment electronically during that four day time period, EPA asks that you re-send it to assure that we receive it. EPA apologizes for any inconvenience.

These are the first Class VI permits for carbon sequestration in the United States. CO2 is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.  Carbon sequestration is a means of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. FutureGen would capture CO2 emissions from a coal-fired power plant in Meredosia formerly operated by Ameren Energy Resources. FutureGen Alliance would then purify the CO2 and put it under high pressure to turn it into a liquid.

The carbon dioxide would then be transported through an underground pipeline approximately 30 miles to the east to the underground injection well site.

The Alliance proposes to inject a total of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide over the 20 year life of the project.

UIC Permit Applications

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Draft Permit Documents

Well 1

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Well 2

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Well 3

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Well 4

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Other Documents

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Carbon Sequestration

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UIC Permitting Process

This table shows the major steps that the UIC program follows to process a permit application from start to finish. Our current step is highlighted.

Action Date
Receive the permit application March 2013
Conduct a completeness review, and request additional information if necessary April 2013
Conduct a technical review, and request additional information if necessary May 2013 - March 2014
Complete technical review, make a draft decision and announce the draft decision and public comment period March 31, 2014
Accept public input by mail and online Through May 15, 2014
Hold public hearing May 7, 2014
Compile the public comments received  
Conduct additional technical review of the permit application if relevant technical issues were raised in comments  
Prepare responses to comments received  
Issue final decision  
If the final decision is appealed, respond to the appeal  
In cases of appeal, the Environmental Appeals Board issues decision  

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