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EA-1786: Final Environmental Assessment

Algenol Integrated Biorefinery for Producing Ethanol from Hybrid Algae, Freeport, Texas,  Fort Myers, Florida

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to authorize the expenditure of up to $18 million in cost-shared federal funding to support the final design, construction, and start-up of a pilot-scale Direct to Ethanol® integrated biorefinery (hereafter referred to as biorefinery or proposed project). DOE has authorized Algenol Biofuels, Inc. (Algenol) to use a percentage of its federal funding for pilot-scale activities ($7 million), which include: research and development related to organism development, developing the flexible film photobioreactor, preliminary process engineering, construction planning, regulatory submissions and approval, a Phase 1 stage gate review and a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review of all other activities. These activities are associated with the proposed project and do not significantly impact the environment nor represent an irreversible or irretrievable commitment by DOE in advance of the conclusion of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the proposed project. The proposed project would be located on Dow Chemical Company’s (Dow) plastics and chemical manufacturing operations facility in Freeport, Texas or in Fort Myers, Florida. Both sites are addressed in this Environmental Assessment (EA).