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The Air Force Research Laboratory's Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops materials, processes, and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets, and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. Air Force product centers, logistic centers, and operating commands rely on the directorate's expertise in materials, nondestructive inspection, systems support, and advanced manufacturing methods to solve system, expeditionary deployment, and operational challenges.
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Mr. Thomas Lockhart serves as Director, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.    Read more
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Emerald Biofuels LLC Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise, Jefferson County TX
AGENCY: United States Air Force, Air Force Research Laboratory 
ACTION: Finding of No Significant Impact

SUMMARY:  In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Air Force Regulations, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), as the government's Defense Production Act (DPA) Title III execution office (50 USC 2601, et al), developed a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) to evaluate the consequences of the following proposed action:

On 8 January 2013, a Presidential Determination (PD) directed the DPA Title III Office to execute the Advanced Drop-in Biofuel Production Program with the following goal: develop a domestic commercial-scale military specification transportation fuel production capability using biomass feedstocks.  The capability shall be compliant with the 2007 Energy Investment and Security Act (EISA) Section 526.  This EA proposes developing a commercial-scale Integrated Biofuel Production Enterprise (IBPE) capability for producing military specification liquid transportation fuels (MILSPEC JP-5, JP-8, and/or F-76 equivalents) from animal fats, waste greases, and non-edible plant oils.

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ANALYSIS:  The developer intends to construct, own and operate the IBPE.  It is proposed to be located on approximately 10.7 acres in the GT Omniport Industrial Park, south of Port Arthur Texas.  The Biorefinery would use hydrotreating and catalytic cracking of non-petroleum oils and fats to produce approximately 100 million gallons per year of transportation fuels and co-products.

DETERMINATION:  This proposal would only have minor adverse effects to the natural environment from the construction of the proposed facility.  As required by NEPA, AFRL has assessed the potential environmental effects of the proposal in an Environmental Assessment.  Upon consideration of the applicant's proposal, comments from federal and state environmental regulatory and natural resource agencies, the agency has made a determination that the proposal will not have significant adverse effects on the natural or human environment.  Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement will not be prepared for this project.

Public Participation:  An electronic media version of the draft Environmental Assessment is available for public review at the following locations: 
- Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Avenue, 77642
- Beaumont Public Library, 801 Pearl Street, 77701
- http://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/rx/
- http://dpatitle3.com/dpa_db/Environmental_Assessment.html
The public is invited to review the document and make written comments during the 30 day open review period from now to 21 August 2015.  Written comments should be directed to Messrs. James Neely or Warren Assink at AFRL/RXME, Building 653, Rm 215, WPAFB Ohio 45433.

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