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RESPONSIBLE PROSPECTIVE PARTICIPANTS

(a) The general and additional minimum standards for responsible prospective participants set forth at 48 CFR 9.1 and 48 CFR 909.104-70

are applicable to this solicitation.

(b) DOE may conduct preaward surveys in accordance with 48 CFR 9.106; solicit, from available sources, relevant information concerning the offeror's record of past performance; and use such information

in making determinations of prospective offeror responsibility.

TEAMING RELATIONSHIPS

Due to the diversity of experience and resources that may be required
for a specific project, proposals will be accepted from teaming
arrangements such as partnerships, joint ventures, and other combina-
tions, as well as from entities employing the more traditional
subcontract relationships. The combined experience and resources of
all participants, as well as the resources committed by the parent
or sponsoring firms, will be considered for evaluation purposes. In
addition, DOE may require a guarantee of performance from the parent

and/or sponsoring firms.

If a teaming arrangement is proposed, the offeror will be required

to provide the following as provided in SECTION IV.1(f), the "Teaming

Agreement" portion of the Oualification Discussion, and SECTION

IV.3.6.2, "Management Plan":

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(b)

(c)

(d)

A letter of intent or executed teaming agreement from all
parties sufficiently binding to ensure the formation of the

proposed legal entity.

An explanation of the precise nature and form of the teaming relationship, including a discussion of the responsibilities

of each party.

Identification of the specific organization and individual that will be directly responsible for the success of the pro

posed project.

Information, with supporting documentation, to verify and demonstrate the team's capability of providing the financial and other resources necessary to support the project over its

entire proposed period of performance.

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Written or oral discussions, or site visits, may be conducted with any or all of the offerors. Offerors will be notified of the date,

time, and place for any oral discussions or site visits.

INFORMATION OF AWARD

Written notice will be provided to unsuccessful offerors and
cooperative agreement award information will be provided to all

offerors.

DISPOSITION OF PROPOSALS

Except for proposals that are withdrawn in accordance with SECTION
III.34, "Late Submissons, Modifications, and Withdrawals of Proposals,"

proposals will not be returned.

DISPOSITION OF PON DOCUMENTS

Drawings, specifications, and other documents supplied by DOE with
the PON may be retained by the offeror, except for documents that

are required to be completed and returned as a part of the proposal.

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PREVIOUS RESPONDENTS TO THE EARLIER "CLEAN COAL" PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Prospective Offerors are advised that this PON is not an extension
or duplication of the November 1984 "Program Announcement for

Information Regarding Emerging Clean Coal Technologies," also known
as the "Section 321" announcement. Proposals submitted in response
to the earlier announcement will not be evaluated or considered in
any way with regard to this PON. Prospective offerors are hereby
instructed that they must submit a new proposal if they wish to be

considered for financial assistance.

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY ACT (NEPA) STRATEGY

An overall strategy for compliance with the National Environmental
Policy Act (NEPA) has been developed for the Clean Coal Technology
Program, consistent with the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508) and the DOE guidelines for
compliance with NEPA (45 Fed. Reg. 20, 694 (1980)). This strategy
includes both programmatic and project-specific environmental impact
considerations, during and subsequent to the selection process.
However, in light of the extremely tight schedule imposed by the
Clean Coal Technology legislation (Pub. L. No. 99-190), some modifi-

cation will be necessary to the normally applicable documenta

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tion and public review requirements. Moreover, the confidentiality requirements of the competitive PON process place certain restrictions

on the NEPA review.

Therefore, DOE proposes to follow alternative procedures to ensure that environmental factors are fully evaluated and integrated into the decision making process to satisfy its NEPA responsibilities. Offerors shall submit both programmatic and project-specific environmental data and analyses as a discrete part of their proposal. DOE will independently evaluate the environmental data and analyses submitted by offerors, to the maximum extent possible, and will develop supplemental information as necessary for reasoned decision making. The major elements of this NEPA strategy are discussed

below.

Pre-Selection Programmatic Environmental Impact Analysis:

D0E will prepare a comparative programmatic environmental
impact analysis, based on information provided by the offerors
and supplemented by DOE, as necessary. This environmental
analysis will be provided to the Source Selection Official
to ensure that relevant environmental consequences of the Clean
Coal Technology Program and reasonable programmatic alternatives

are evaluated in the selection process. The analysis will include

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