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EIS-0481: Engineered High Energy Crop Programs Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement


This Programmatic EIS (PEIS) will evaluate the potential environmental impacts of implementing one or more programs to catalyze the deployment of engineered high energy crops (EHECs). A main component of the proposed EHEC programs would be providing financial assistance to funding recipients, such as research institutions, independent contract growers, or commercial entities, for field trials to evaluate the performance of EHECs. Confined field trials may range in size and could include development-scale (up to 5 acres), pilot-scale (up to 250 acres), or demonstration-scale (up to 15,000 acres). This PEIS will assess the potential environmental impacts of such confined field trials in the southeastern United States. DOE’s proposed action under this PEIS will be limited to the states of Alabama, Florida (excluding the Everglades/Southern Florida coastal plain ecoregion), Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. 

Further information about this PEIS is available on the PEIS website.


DOE invites comments on the Draft PEIS during a 60-day comment period that ends March 17, 2015. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:

The public hearings will be held:

  • February 17, 2015, from 5:00-7:00 pm, at the Holiday Inn Washington Capitol, 550 C Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024.
  • February 24, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 pm, web-based.
  • February 26, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 pm, web-based.

Further information about the Public Comment Opportunities are available on the PEIS website.

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