On November 9, the Department of Energy released the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the FutureGen project. FutureGen is a joint government and privately funded project to build the first "near-zero" emissions coal-fired plant, producing hydrogen gas and electricity while using CCS to control its carbon dioxide emissions. A draft EIS for the project had been issued in June. The final EIS incorporates public comments DOE received on the draft on a number of technical issues. It also incorporates public comments on issues related to noise monitoring, potential for release through pipeline puncture or rupture, cumulative impacts on air quality, cumulative impacts on water supply, and risk assessments. The final EIS concludes that any of the four proposed project sites-- two in Texas and two in Illinois-- would be suitable for the project, which is expected to cost approximately $1.7 billion. Click here for the Final EIS.