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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.
Except for proposals that are withdrawn in accordance with SECTION
III.34, "Late Submissons, Modifications, and withdrawals of Proposals,"
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 pr
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
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 environ
mental 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
Pre-Selection Programmatic Environmental Impact Analysis:
DOE 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
the projected changes to environmental emissions in the U.S. and
regionally within the U.S. if each technology proposed were to meet
its anticipated U.S. market potential. The projected environmental
impacts of anticipated commercialization of the candidate technolo
gies will be discussed. Such discussion will address, in qualitative terms, unresolved environmental issues, identify areas where important
environmental information is incomplete or unavailable, and evaluate
tradeoffs between short-term and long-term effects, to the maximum
To enable DOE to perform this analysis, offerors shall complete and
submit with their proposal, as part of Volume III, Business and
Management Proposal, the forms provided in Appendix K, "Summary
Environmental Data for the Commercialized Technology," using that
information deemed to best characterize the commercial version of
the clean coal technology being proposed.
Pre-Selection Project-Specific Environmental Review:
For proposals that meet the qualification criteria, DOE will
prepare and consider before the selection of proposals an environ
mental impact analysis which will focus on environmental issues
pertinent to decision making. Such analysis will summarize
the strengths and weaknesses of each proposal against the environ
mental evaluation criteria including, to the maximum extent possible,
a discussion of alternative sites and/or processes reasonably avail
able to the offeror; a brief discussion of the environmental impacts
of each proposal; practicable mitigating measures; and, to the
extent known, a list of permits which must be obtained in imple
This environmental impact analysis will be provided to the Source
reasonable alternatives have been evaluated in the selection process.
This selection statement will be filed with the Environmental
Protection Agency, in accordance with the DOE NEPA guidelines.
Upon award of federal financial assistance under this PON, offerors
will be required to submit the environmental information specified
in Appendix J.
This detailed site- and project-specific information
will be used as the basis for site-specific NEPA documents to be
prepared by DOE for each selected project. Such NEPA documents