Welcome to the Engineered High Energy Crop Programs PEIS Website!
This website for the Engineered High Energy Crop Programs Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) serves as the one-stop shop for all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)-related public documents and will be the central location for all PEIS project announcements.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is preparing a PEIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of DOE’s proposed action to implement one or more programs to catalyze the development and demonstration of EHECs. EHECs are agriculturally-viable photosynthetic species containing genetic material that has been intentionally introduced through biotechnology, interspecific hybridization, or other engineering processes (excluding processes that occur in nature without human intervention), and specifically engineered to produce more energy per acre by producing fuel molecules that can be introduced easily into existing energy infrastructure.
A main component of the proposed EHEC programs would be providing financial assistance to funding recipients, such as research institutions, independent contract growers, or commercial entities, for field trials (experiments conducted under stringent terms and conditions to confine the crop) to evaluate the performance of EHECs. Confined trials may range in size and could include development-scale (up to 5 acres), pilot-scale (up to 250 acres) or demonstration-scale (up to 15,000 acres). The geographic scope of the PEIS covers the southeastern United States—Alabama, Florida (excluding the Everglades/Southern Florida coastal plain ecoregion), Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The southeastern United States provides short, mild winters and growing seasons of at least six months, which are favorable conditions for the growth of EHECs.
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Availability of Final PEIS: DOE is pleased to announce that the EHEC Program’s Final PEIS is available. The final EIS was filed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on July 27th and was published in the Federal Register Friday, August 7, 2015; you can download a copy of the Final PEIS here. DOE will not take action on the proposed EHEC Programs until the Record of Decision (ROD) is published. According to NEPA regulations, DOE cannot take action on the proposed EHEC Programs without a ROD, which follows a minimum 30 day internal agency review period after the publication of the Final EIS in the Federal Register.