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EA-1795: Final Environmental Assessment

Loan Guarantee to Diamond Green Diesel, LLC for Construction of the Diamond Green Diesel Facility in Norco, Louisiana

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to issue a $241 million loan guarantee to Diamond Green Diesel, LLC (Diamond) to support construction of a biomass-based diesel facility adjacent to the existing Valero St. Charles Refinery (VSCR) in Norco, Louisiana. DOE has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 USC 4321, et. seq.), Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), and DOE Implementing Procedures (10 CFR Part 1021). The EA examines the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action and No Action Alternative to determine whether the proposed action has the potential for significant environmental impacts. The information contained in the EA would enable DOE to fully consider the potential environmental impacts of issuing a loan guarantee for the Diamond project.