Developed by the FutureGen Industrial Alliance, FutureGen is proposing to inject carbon dioxide deep underground in Meridosia, Morgan County, near Jacksonville, Ill., via carbon capture. FutureGen’s goal is to capture and inject 1.1 million metric tons (mt) of carbon dioxide annually over 20 years.

The public comment period began March 31 and closes May 15. The EPA will hold an open house and formal public hearing on the FutureGen draft permits on May 7 at MacMurray College in Jacksonville; question-and-answer sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the public hearing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oral and written comments will be accepted.

FutureGen plans to capture carbon dioxide produced by coal-fueled power plants previously operated by Ameren Energy Resources, before transporting the resource and injecting it deep underground via the proposed wells, to be constructed in Morgan County.

Draft documents and more information are available on the EPA website, Comments can be made online or mailed to the EPA’s Chicago office.