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EA-1642S: Supplemental Draft Environmental Assessment

Small-Scale Pilot Plant for the Gasification of Coal and Coal-Biomass Blends and Conversion of Derived Syngas to Liquid Fuels via Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, Lexington, Kentucky

This EA evaluates the potential environmental impacts of DOE providing financial assistance to the University of Kentucky (UK) Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) to partially fund the completion of the design, construction and operation of a small-scale pilot plant for research related to the gasification of coal and coal-biomass blends and conversion of derived syngas to liquid fuels via Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis. This project is intended to evaluate the commercial and technical viability of advanced technologies for the production of FT transportation fuels and other transportation fuels from domestic coal. DOE previously prepared and issued an EA, (DOE/EA-1642), in July 2009 entitled: Environmental Assessment for the Design and Construction of an Early Lead Mini Fischer-Tropsch Refinery at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research, near Lexington, Kentucky and Finding of No Significant Impact in 2009 and an earlier Supplemental Analysis (DOE/EA-1642), September 2010, entitled: Supplemental Analysis for the Early Lead Mini Fischer-Tropsch Refinery at the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research near Lexington, Kentucky.