Environmental Risks of Depleted UF6-related Manufacturing Activities
A discussion of the general environmental impacts from the construction and operation of a facility to fabricate representative products containing depleted uranium.
Impacts Analyzed in the PEIS
The PEIS evaluated the general environmental impacts from the construction and operation of a facility to fabricate representative products containing depleted uranium, specifically, spent nuclear fuel storage casks containing depleted uranium oxide or metal as shielding material. In the PEIS, it was assumed that a manufacturing facility would require about 90 acres of land area.
Impacts from Construction Activities
The PEIS indicated that potential adverse impacts could occur during construction, typical of impacts for the construction of any facility of similar size. During construction, potential air quality impacts could be from particulate matter generated during construction; such impacts could be controlled by good construction practices. Also, construction activities have the potential to result in surface water, groundwater, or soil contamination through spills of construction chemicals. However, by following good engineering practices, concentrations in soil and wastewater (and therefore surface water and groundwater) could be kept well within applicable standards or guidelines.
No other adverse impacts from manufacturing were identified in the PEIS. Socioeconomic impacts were evaluated in terms of jobs and income generated, which are considered positive impacts. Manufacturing oxide- or metal-shielded casks was estimated to result in about 470 direct jobs and the generation of about $33 million in direct income per operational year.
For more details on the environmental risks from manufacturing, see also Section 2.4, Table 2.1, and Appendix H of the PEIS.