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Welcome to the National Nuclear Security Administration’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Reading Room. This site serves as a focal point for NNSA NEPA implementation and will contain information about past and current NNSA NEPA actions as well as other resources for NEPA practitioners and members of the public.

 

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Draft Supplement Analysis of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement

The NNSA is making a Draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) available for public review and comment. NNSA will also publish a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on June 28, 2019 to announce the availability of the Draft SA. NNSA is preparing the SA to determine whether, prior to proceeding with the action to produce plutonium pits at a rate of no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030, the existing Complex Transformation SPEIS should be supplemented, a new environmental impact statement prepared, or no further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is required. The Draft SA is an important element of the overall NEPA strategy related to fulfilling national requirements for plutonium pit production. DOE announced this NEPA strategy on June 10, 2019 (84 FR 26849).

NNSA invites Federal and state agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments on the Draft SA through August 12, 2019.

Written comments on the Draft SA should be submitted no later than August 12, 2019 and sent to:

Jennifer Nelson
NEPA Document Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration
Savannah River Field Office
P.O. Box A
Aiken, SC 29802

Or by email to: NEPA-SRS@srs.gov

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available. If you wish for NNSA to withhold your name and/or other personally identifiable information, please state this prominently at the beginning of your comment. You may also submit comments anonymously.

The Draft SA for the Complex Transformation SPEIS is available here for your review.

The Federal Register Notice of Availability is available here for your review.

More information on the Complex Transformation SPEIS is available for your review.

The Federal Register Notice of Intent for the Savannah River Site (SRS) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) announcing the plutonium pit production NEPA strategy is available here for your review.

SRS Pit Production EIS Scoping Meeting presentation from 6/27/2019 public scoping meeting.

 

FONSI/FONPA for Facilities Master Plan Projects at the Transportation Safeguards Training Site in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas

NNSA is making a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and associated Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) / Finding of No Practicable Alternative (FONPA) for Facilities Master Plan Projects at the Transportation Safeguards Training Site in Fort Chaffee, Arkansas available for public review and comment. The NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation (OST) prepared the Final EA to assess the potential for impacts to the human and natural environment from construction and operation of the 2017 Facilities Master Plan Projects. The Proposed Action consists of 12 projects contained within the Facilities Master Plan.

The Final EA also contains a floodplain assessment (Appendix B) for review and comment in accordance with 10 CFR Part 1022, Compliance with Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements, and Executive Order (EO) 11988, Floodplain Management. Based on the findings in the Final EA, NNSA prepared a Draft FONSI/FONPA.  The Army National Guard (ARNG) has also prepared and made available a Draft FONSI related to the ARNG’s decision on the Proposed Action.

NNSA invites Federal and state agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments on NNSA’s Final EA and Draft FONSI/FONPA during this 15-day comment period. The ARNG Draft FONSI is also available for comment.

Written comments should be submitted by no later than August 29, 2019 and sent to:

Lisa Swift

P.O. Box 5400

Kirtland AFB East

Albuquerque, NM 87185

Or by email to: Lisa.Swift@nnsa.doe.gov

Individual names and addresses, including email addresses, received during the comment period are normally considered part of the public record.  Persons wishing to withhold names, addresses, or other identifying information from the public record must state this request prominently at the beginning of their comments.  NNSA will honor this request to the extent allowed by law.  All submissions from organizations, businesses, and from individuals identifying themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or businesses will be included in the public record and open to public inspection in their entirety. You may also submit comments anonymously.

The Final EA, Draft NNSA FONSI/FONPA, and Draft ARNG FONSI are available here for your review: [https://www.energy.gov/nepa/ea-2085-nnsas-office-secure-transportation-s-ost-transportation-safeguards-training-site-fort]

NEPA Terminology
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) - A concise public document that a Federal agency prepares under NEPA to provide sufficient evidence and analysis to determine whether a proposed agency action would require preparation of an environmental impact statement or a finding of no significant impact.
  • Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) - The detailed written statement that is required by section 102(2)(C) of NEPA for a proposed major Federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment.
  • Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - A public document issued by a Federal agency briefly presenting the reasons why an action for which the agency has prepared an environmental assessment will not have a significant effect on the human environment and, therefore, will not require preparation of an environmental impact statement.
  • A Floodplain and Wetland Assessment is an evaluation that DOE prepares under DOE Floodplain and Wetland Environmental Review Requirements (10 CFR Part 1022) consisting of a description of a proposed action, a discussion of its potential effects on the floodplain or wetland, and consideration of alternatives. A Floodplain Statement of Findings is a brief document issued pursuant to 10 CFR 1022.14 that describes the results of the floodplain assessment.
  • A Mitigation Action Plan is a document DOE prepares in accordance with DOE NEPA regulations (10 CFR 1021.331) that describes the plan for implementing commitments made in a DOE environmental impact statement and its associated record of decision, or, when appropriate, an EA or FONSI, to mitigate adverse environmental impacts associated with an action.
  • Notice of Availability (NOA) is a formal notice, published in the Federal Register, that announces the issuance and public availability of a draft or final EIS. The Environmental Protection Agency NOA is the official public notification of an EIS; a DOE NOA is an optional notice used to provide information to the public.
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) is a formal announcement of intent to prepare an EIS as defined in Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) NEPA regulations (40 CFR 1508.22). DOE publishes NOIs in the Federal Register in accordance with DOE NEPA regulations (10 CFR 1021.311). On rare occasions we may produce and issue an Advance NOI which means a formal public notice of DOE's intent to prepare an EIS, which is published in advance of an NOI in order to facilitate public involvement in the NEPA process.
  • Programmatic NEPA document means a broad-scope EIS (PEIS) or EA that identifies and assesses the environmental impacts of a DOE program; it may also refer to an associated NEPA document, such as an NOI, ROD, or FONSI.
  • A Record of Decision (ROD) is a concise public document that records a Federal agency's decision(s) concerning a proposed action for which the agency has prepared an environmental impact statement (See CEQ and DOE NEPA regulations at 40 CFR 1505.2 and 10 CFR 1021.315, respectively).
  • Scoping means the process described at 40 CFR 1501.7; “public scoping process” refers to that portion of the scoping process where the public is invited to participate, as described at 40 CFR 1501.7 (a)(1) and (b)(4).
  • Site-wide NEPA document means a broad-scope EIS (SWEIS) or EA that is programmatic in nature and identifies and assesses the individual and cumulative impacts of ongoing and reasonably foreseeable future actions at a DOE site; Site-wide may also refer to an associated NEPA document, such as an NOI, ROD, or FONSI.
  • Supplement Analysis (SA) means a DOE document used to determine whether a supplemental EIS should be prepared pursuant to 40 CFR 1502.9(c), or to support a decision to prepare a new EIS.
  • Supplemental EIS (SEIS) means an EIS prepared to supplement a prior EIS as provided at 40 CFR 1502.9(c).

For more information about the NEPA law and guidance, please go to this page.

For more information about NNSA NEPA documents, please contact NEPA@nnsa.doe.gov.