The Programmatic EIS (PEIS)
A programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) was prepared that evaluated options for the management and use of depleted UF6.
The DOE has been evaluating the alternative strategies for long-term management and use of the depleted uranium hexafluoride in storage for several years. These studies included the preparation of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Alternative Strategies for the Long-Term Management and Use of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride, which was released in April of 1999. Based on the results of the PEIS and other supporting studies, the DOE announced their decision to proceed with the preferred alternative described in the PEIS in a Record of Decision for Long-term Management and Use of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride released in August 1999.
The Conversion Decision
In the Record of Decision, DOE announced its decision to promptly convert the depleted UF6 inventory to a more stable chemical form that could be used or stored for potential future uses or disposal, as necessary. Several factors, including increased chemical stability, socioeconomic benefits associated with the conversion, and public and congressional desire to move forward with conversion, have contributed to this decision.
For More Information about the PEIS
The Depleted UF Health Risks and DUF6 Environmental Risks sections of this web site are based primarily on the discussions of depleted UF6 management alternatives analyzed in the depleted UF6 PEIS.