September 5, 2014
This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) issued the first ever Class VI underground injection permits for carbon sequestration. EPA's press release reads in part: US EPA "approved permits allowing the FutureGen Industrial Alliance Inc. to inject carbon dioxide deep underground near Jacksonville, Illinois….FutureGen plans to capture carbon dioxide produced by a retrofitted coal-fueled power plant formerly operated by Ameren Energy Resources in Meredosia, Illinois. The captured carbon dioxide would then be transported and injected deep underground via the four proposed wells, which would be constructed in Morgan County. FutureGen's goal is to capture and inject 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year for 20 years. Sequestering 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year is the equivalent of eliminating carbon emissions from 232,000 cars."
The FutureGen Industrial Alliance is a consortium of private companies working with funding support from the U.S. Department of Energy to build this state-of-the-art facility. "The issuance of the permit is a major milestone that will allow FutureGen 2.0 to stay on track to develop the first ever commercial-scale, near-zero emissions coal-fueled power plant with integrated carbon capture and storage," FutureGen Alliance CEO Ken Humphreys said in a printed statement.
The site characterization and permit preparation work was conducted by a joint team at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Battelle.