WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Energy has issued its final Environmental Impact Statement for the Waste Management and Processors Inc. (WMPI) clean coal project in Gilberton, PA. Selected in 2003 in the first round of the Clean Coal Power Initiative, WMPI
will head a team to build and operate the plant that will produce clean electricity, high-value industrial heat, and nearly 5,000 barrels per day of clean-burning diesel fuel from raw anthracite wastes. At the core of the advanced process will be a coal gasification process that will turn the wastes into a chemically-rich source of gas. A portion of the gas will be converted into diesel while the rest will be combusted to make electricity and steam. The Energy Department's share of the $612 million project is $100 million.