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Archer Daniels Midland Class VI UIC Permit Applications

Map showing location of proposed ADM well

Site Location - Map of proposed well locations (PDF) (1pg, 115K) in Decatur, Macon County, Ill.

Contact Information

Andrew Greenhagen (greenhagen.andrew@epa.gov)
312-353-7648 or 800-621-8431, Ext. 37648


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Overview

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) of Decatur, Illinois, applied for Underground Injection Control (UIC) permits to construct and operate two Class VI injection wells for the purpose of geologic sequestration (capture and storage) of carbon dioxide (CO2).

ADM proposes to inject CO2 from its agricultural products and biofuel production facility. The goal of the project is to demonstrate the ability of the Mt. Simon geologic formation to accept and retain industrial scale volumes of CO2 for permanent geologic sequestration. The CO2 will be injected more than 5000 ft below ground level.

There are two proposed injection wells at the ADM project site: CCS#1 and CCS#2.

Following the operational period, ADM proposes a post-injection monitoring and site closure period of ten years.

EPA accepted comments from the public on the draft CCS #2 permit through May 29.  A response to comments and final decision was issued on September 23.  This decision was appealed.  The Environmental Appeals Board dismissed the appeal on November 26.  The permit for CCS #2 became effective December 1.

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News Release

U.S. EPA Approves Carbon Sequestration Permits in Central Illinois Sept. 26, 2014

Permit Documents

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Draft permit documents for CCS #1

Permit documents for CCS #2

ADM's Permit Applications

EPA has received two applications from ADM for CO2 injection wells. EPA is reviewing the applications for technical adequacy. (January 2012)

CCS#2

Permit application received July 2011

Identification number IL-115-6A-0001.

Status: EPA accepted comments from the public on the draft permit through May 30. 

CCS#1

Permit application received December 2011.

Identification number IL-115-6A-0002.

Status: EPA is accepting comments from the public until Friday, November 7, 2014.

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Additional Permit Application-Related Documents

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UIC Permitting Process

This table shows the major steps that the UIC program follows to process a permit application from start to finish. Our current step is highlighted.

CCS #2 Action Date
Receive the permit application July 2011
Conduct a completeness review, and request additional information if necessary August 2011
Conduct a technical review, and request additional information if necessary September 2011 — April 2014
Complete technical review, make a draft decision and announce the draft decision and public comment period April 16, 2014
Accept public input by mail and online April 16 - May 30, 2014
Hold public hearing May 21, 2004
Compile the public comments received May 30 - Sept 23, 2014
Conduct a technical review, and request additional information if necessary May 30 - Sept 23, 2014
Prepare responses to comments received May 30 - Sept 23, 2014
Issue final decision September 23, 2014
If the final decision is appealed, respond to the appeal  
In cases of appeal, the Environmental Appeals Board issues decision November 26, 2014

 

CCS #1 Action Date
Receive the permit application December 12, 2011
Conduct a completeness review, and request additional information if necessary January 2012
Conduct a technical review, and request additional information if necessary February 2012 –September 2014
Complete technical review, make a draft decision and announce the draft decision and public comment period October 2, 2014
Accept public input by mail and online October 3-November 7, 2014
Hold public hearing Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Compile the public comments received November 7, 2014 - present
Conduct a technical review, and request additional information if necessary November 7, 2014 - present
Prepare responses to comments received November 7, 2014 - present
Issue final decision  
If the final decision is appealed, respond to the appeal  
In cases of appeal, the Environmental Appeals Board issues decision  

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