It seems like the long awaited approval of Carbon Sequestration by US EPA is here

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit allowing the Archer Daniels Midland Company to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.


 

It seems like the long awaited approval of Carbon Sequestration by US EPA is here

 

U.S. EPA Approves Carbon Sequestration Permit in Decatur, Illinois  

After a long awaited decision, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a permit allowing the Archer Daniels Midland Company to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in Decatur, Illinois. This process – known as “carbon sequestration” – is a means of storing carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.

 ADM plans to capture carbon dioxide produced by an ethanol manufacturing facility. ADM’s goal is to capture and inject 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Sequestering 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year is the equivalent of eliminating carbon emissions from over 230,000 cars.

 U.S. EPA completed a technical review of the Class VI permit and responded to over 100 public comments before approving the permit. ADM can begin drilling the well in November in preparation for injecting liquefied carbon dioxide. ADM must demonstrate the integrity of the well before injecting carbon dioxide and conduct extensive monitoring at the location.

 ADM is the second facility in the nation to receive a Class VI underground injection permit for carbon sequestration. In August, U.S. EPA issued four Class VI permits for a FutureGen Alliance facility in downstate Illinois. 

 For more information: http://www.epa.gov/region5/water/uic/adm/.

This approval signals a change in the way that US EPA will treat this type of Greenhouse Gas Pollutant.  It gives generators the chance to reduce emmissions and potentiall curb long term effects from human produced global climate change.   Attorney Dan Schleck thinks this approval will lead to more projects of this type in the near future.


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