Mississippi Power Company's Victor J Daniel, Jr. electric generating facility is hosting a United States Department of Energy (USDOE)-sponsored CO2 sequestration demonstration as part of the Southeast Carbon Sequestration Regional Partnership. The goal of the project is to demonstrate safe and secure CO2 storage in a deep saline reservoir. Prior to well drilling and injection operations, the primary focus of the project was on public acceptance and permitting of such activities. Three permits were required for the project, a USDOE-NEPA environmental questionnaire, a Mississippi Oil and Gas Board (MOGB) drilling permit, and a Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) underground injection control (UIC) permit.

The injection well was permitted under the Environmental Protection Agency's Class V Experimental Technology guidelines through the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality; however, the well was constructed to Class I (non-hazardous) standards. To our knowledge, this is the first CO2 storage well permitted to Class I standards in the United States and certainly the first in the State of Mississippi. This paper will detail the permitting activities for this demonstration project.

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