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EA-1862: Draft Environmental Assessment

Oneida Seven Generations Corporation: Energy Recovery Project, Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin
Comment Period Ends: 9/3/11

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Melissa Rossiter
DOE Golden Field Office
1617 Cole Blvd
Golden, CO 80401

Electronic mail: melissa.rossiter@go.doe.gov

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has provided Federal funding to the Wisconsin Department of Commerce under the State Energy Program (SEP). Wisconsin selected an Oneida Seven Generations Corporation (Oneida) project to receive a $2 million loan under the SEP. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), an agency of the Department of the Interior (DOI), has already provided $584,000 in Federal funding to Oneida for this project. BIA is also considering providing a loan guarantee of up to $19 million. BIA made the initial award to Oneida to support preliminary planning and studies. These elements of the proposed project do not significantly impact the environment and the initial funding does not commit the government to this project in advance of the conclusion of the EA. Because Oneida would use Federal funding for this project, DOE must first determine if authorizing Wisconsin to use SEP funds for the project (Proposed Action) would result in environmental impacts. For this EA, the Proposed Action also includes BIA’s decision to authorize the loan guarantee.