Hydrogen Energy California Signs Agreement with Local Air District

Press Release (08/05/10)

Hydrogen Energy California Signs $681,000 voluntary agreement with local Air District to fund projects that improve regional air quality

The proposed Hydrogen Energy California facility has recently been recognized by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, in a preliminary ruling, to have complied with all applicable district air requirements including the use of Best Available Control Technology and emission offsets.


To go beyond the required reductions in emissions HECA has committed to investing over $681,000 into air quality benefit programs administered by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District during the first two years of future plant operations.


“HECA believes that the facility’s air quality impacts will be fully mitigated by the project’s design and incorporated construction and mitigation measures. This voluntary additional investment in local Air Quality improvement programs is testimony to our project’s desire to cooperate with the Air Districts wider concerns for air quality in the region” said Tiffany Rau, Communications Manager for HECA.


About the HECA (Hydrogen Energy California) project:

Hydrogen Energy California (HECA), a joint venture between BP and Rio Tinto, has proposed a new hydrogen-powered electricity generating facility in West Kern County that would capture and sequester 90% of its carbon emissions. This facility will transform solid fossil fuels into hydrogen that will be used to generate electricity for over 150,000 Californian homes. The HECA process will capture over 2 million tons of CO2 per year and sequester it deep underground. By injecting the CO2 into the partially depleted Elk Hills Oil fields the project will enhance the recovery of additional oil which improves United States domestic energy supply.


www.hydrogenenergycalifornia.com

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