Nuclear Facility Portion of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico
National Nuclear Security Administration, a semiautonomous agency within DOE, proposes to complete the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement (CMRR) Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) by constructing the nuclear facility portion (CMRR-NF) of the CMRR Project to provide the analytical chemistry and materials characterization capabilities currently or previously performed in the existing Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Building. This CMRR-NF SEIS examines the potential environmental impacts associated with NNSA’s proposed action.The proposed action is to complete the CMRR Project by constructing the CMRR-NF to provide the needed nuclear facility capabilities. The Preferred Alternative is to construct a new CMRR-NF in TA-55, in accordance with the Modified CMRR-NF design concept. Construction options for the Modified CMRR-NF Alternative include a Deep Excavation Option, in which a geologic layer of poorly welded tuff would be removed and replaced with low-slump concrete, as well as a Shallow Excavation Option, in which the foundation would be constructed in a geologic layer above the poorly welded tuff layer. As envisioned in the 2003 CMRR EIS, tunnels would be constructed to connect the CMRR-NF to the TA-55 Plutonium Facility and RLUOB. The No Action Alternative would be to construct the new CMRR-NF as envisioned in the 2004 Record of Decision. Another alternative would be to continue using the existing CMR Building, implementing necessary maintenance and component replacements to ensure its continued safe operation. This CMRR-NF SEIS evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with the alternatives analyzed. This CMRR-NF SEIS also presents an analysis of the impacts associated with disposition of all or portions of the existing CMR Building and a new CMRR-NF at the end of its useful life.