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EA-1870: Finding of No Significant Impact

Utah Coal and Biomass Fueled Pilot Plant, Kanab, UT

DOE completed the Final Environmental Assessment for the Utah Coal and Biomass Fueled Pilot Plant Project, Kane County, Utah (DOE/EA-1870). Based on the analyses in the Environmental Assessment (EA), DOE determined that its proposed action of providing financial assistance to Vircsco Energy, LLC, (Viresco) for construction and operation of a coal and biomass gasification pilot plant would not result in any significant adverse impacts. Viresco would use its pilot plant to evaluate the technical feasibility of using steam hydrogasification to convert coal and biomass (such as agricultural or wood waste) into synthesis gas (syngas) that could be suitable for production of clean fuels such as substitute natural gas, sulfur-free Fischer-Tropsch diesel, jet fuel, dimethyl ether, and methane. Viresco would not demonstrate the production of such fuels at its project site.