Depleted UF6 Conversion Facility EIS Topics
A listing of topics included in the Depleted UF6 Conversion Facility EISs.
DOE addressed the following environmental issues when assessing the potential environmental impacts of the alternatives in the two site-specific EISs. DOE solicited comment from the Federal agencies, Native American tribes, state and local governments, and the general public on these and any other issues as part of the public scoping process:
- Potential impacts on health from DUF6 conversion activities, including potential impacts to workers and the public from exposure to radiation and chemicals during routine and accident conditions for the construction, operation, maintenance, and decontamination and decommissioning of DUF6 conversion facilities.
- Potential impacts to workers and the public from exposure to radiation and chemicals during routine and accident conditions for the transportation of UF6 cylinders from ETTP to one of the conversion sites.
- Potential impacts to workers and the public from exposure to radiation and chemicals during routine and accident conditions for the transportation of conversion products that are not beneficially used to a low-level waste disposal facility.
- Potential impacts to surface water, ground water, and soil during construction activities and from emissions and water use during facility operations.
- Potential impacts on air quality from emissions and from noise during facility construction and operations.
- Potential cumulative impacts of the past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions (including impacts resulting from activities of USEC).
- Potential impacts from facility construction on historically significant properties, if present, and on access to traditional use areas.
- Potential impacts from land requirements, potential incompatibilities, and disturbances.
- Potential impacts on local, regional, or national resources from materials and utilities required for construction and operation.
- Potential impacts on ecological resources, including threatened and endangered species, floodplains, and wetlands.
- Potential impacts on local and DOE-wide waste management capabilities.
- Potential impacts on local employment, income, population, housing, and public services from facility construction and operations, and environmental justice issues.
- Pollution prevention, waste minimization, and energy and water use reduction technologies to reduce the use of energy, water, and hazardous substances and to mitigate environmental impacts.
Alternatives Considered in the EISs
Consistent with NEPA implementation requirements, the EISs assess reasonable alternatives regarding constructing, operating, maintaining, and decontaminating and decommissioning DUF6 conversion facilities. For more information about alternatives assessed in the EISs, please see EIS Alternatives.
Public Scoping Summary
The EISs also contain a section summarizing the nature of the comments received during the scoping process and describing any modification to the scope of the EISs in response to the scoping process comments.
Public Comments on Draft EISs and DOE's Responses
A 67-day public comment period was held after the draft EISs were published on November 28, 2003. The comments received during that period and DOE's responses to the comments are included in volume 2 of the final EISs.