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PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR DRAFT SPDP EIS

PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR DRAFT SURPLUS PLUTONIUM DISPOSITION PROGRAM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT

As NNSA announced in the Federal Register (FR) on December 16, 2022, NNSA is holding a public comment period on the Draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) Environmental Impact Statement (SPDP EIS) (DOE/EIS–0549) from December 16, 2022, through March 16, 2023 (87 FR 77096). During the comment period, NNSA is holding four public hearings to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public input on the analysis in the draft SPDP EIS. The draft SPDP EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of dispositioning 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium using capabilities at multiple sites across the Nation.

NNSA will hold four public hearings (three in-person and one internet-based/virtual) to receive comments on the Draft SPDP EIS. The locations of the three in-person public hearings and the contact information for the virtual online meeting are provided below. Any changes to the meeting dates or times will be posted on this page.

Location

Date

Time

Details

Aiken, SC

Thursday,

January 19, 2023

6:00–9:00 PM Eastern

North Augusta Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC

Carlsbad, NM

Tuesday, 

January 24, 2023

6:00–9:00 PM Mountain

Carousel House at Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave, Carlsbad, NM

Los Alamos, NM

Thursday, January 26, 2023

6:00–9:00 PM Mountain

NEW VENUE:

Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room

2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Online (Zoom)1

Monday,

January 30, 2023

7:00–10:00 PM Eastern

6:00–9:00 PM Central

5:00–8:00 PM Mountain

4:00–7:00 PM Pacific

ZoomGov.com/join

Meeting ID:  160 635 4491

Passcode and/or Participant Code: 041993

Dial in only:   1-551-285-1373

  1. Click on this link for a direct connection to the Online Zoom meeting for the January 30, 2023 meeting.

At the three in-person hearings, for the first 30 minutes NNSA will hold a poster session where NNSA representatives will be available to answer questions about the Draft SPDP EIS. Following the poster session, NNSA will make a presentation on the Draft SPDP EIS, and then NNSA will receive formal comments with transcription by a court stenographer. The posters will be available on this website prior to the meeting. NNSA will not answer any questions during the formal public comment period. The meetings will conclude at the end of the posted meeting time or when the public comment period is finished, whichever is earlier.

 

Written comments on the Draft SPDP EIS should be submitted no later than March 16, 2023, and sent to:

 

U.S. Mail:

Maxcine Maxted, NEPA Document Manager

National Nuclear Security Administration

Office of Material Management and Minimization

Savannah River Site

P.O. Box A, Bldg. 730-2B, Rm. 328

Aiken, SC 29802

 

Phone:                (803) 952-7434 to leave a message

Or E-mail:          SPDP-EIS@nnsa.doe.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.

Following completion of the public comment period, NNSA will address public comments and prepare a Comment Response Document, which will be included as part of the Final SPDP EIS.

Supporting documentation, including the public hearing presentation, will be available on this website prior to the public hearings.

Draft SPDP EIS public hearing materials

Public Hearing Posters

Información en español

PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR LLNL SWEIS

PUBLIC HEARINGS FOR DRAFT SITE-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY IN CALIFORNIA

As NNSA announced in the Federal Register (FR) on November 4, 2022, NNSA is holding a public comment period on the Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL SWEIS) (DOE/EIS–0547from November 4, 2022, through January 18, 2023 (87 FR 51083 and 87 FR 77106). During the comment period, NNSA is holding two in-person hearings to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public input on the analysis in the LLNL SWEIS. The LLNL SWEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with continuing LLNL operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations and facilities for approximately the next 15 years.

Public Hearing

Date and Time

Location

Address

December 7, 2022

6-8:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Garré Vineyard & Winery

7986 Tesla Road

Livermore, CA 94550

December 8, 2022

6-8:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Tracy City Hall, City Council Chambers

333 Civic Center Drive

Tracy, CA 95376

NNSA will also host one internet-based (with telephone access), virtual public hearing in addition to the two in-person meetings already announced. The meeting will occur on the following date:

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Online Public Hearing: 6-8 p.m. Pacific Time

Access by Internet: https://tinyurl.com/LLNLSWEIS

Access by telephone: (669) 900-9128

Meeting ID: 852 6045 5697

Passcode: 975388

The virtual public hearing will be held using Zoom.

Written comments on the Draft LLNL SWEIS should be submitted no later than January 18, 2023 and sent to:

Email: LLNLSWEIS@nnsa.doe.gov

Mail:    Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston, LLNL SWEIS Document Manager

DOE/NNSA

1000 Independence Ave. S.W.

Washington, DC 20585

Following completion of the public comment period, NNSA will address public comments and prepare a Comment Response Document, which will be included as part of the Final SWEIS for Continued Operation of LLNL.

The following files are the supporting documentation for the Draft LLNL SWEIS Public Hearings:

Fact Sheets/Hojas informativas

Posters/Pósters

OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

Draft Environmental Assessment for the Construction and Consolidation of Office of Secure Transportation Campus at Pantex Carson County, Texas

NNSA is making a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Construction and Consolidation of the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) Campus at Pantex, Carson County, Texas (DOE/EA-2202, January 2023) available for public review and comment. The draft EA evaluates a proposed project to consolidate and modernize the Agent Operations Central Command (AOCC) at the Pantex Plant. The Proposed Action includes the extension of utilities and construction of updated OST facilities over a 10-year period on an adjacent, vacant parcel acquired from Pantex. The project would ensure that adequate facility and infrastructure resources are available for OST mission operations and improve overall operation efficiency through consolidation of site access requirements. 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 EA through February 6, 2023.

Written comments on the Draft EA should be submitted no later than February 6, 2023, and sent to:

Lisa Swift

P.O. Box 5400, Kirkland AFB East

Albuquerque, NM 87185

Or Email:

lisa.swift@nnsa.doe.gov

Please include your name and mailing address or email address with your comments so a response to your comment can be sent to you.

The draft Construction and Consolidation of the OST Campus at Pantex EA is available here for your review.

To learn more about the Construction and Consolidation of the OST Campus at Pantex EA, click this link.

Draft Surplus plutonium disposition program (SPDP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Available for public comment and notice of public hearings

NNSA has published a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP EIS) (DOE/EIS–0549) for public review and comment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA is holding a public comment period and four public hearings (three in person, one virtual/on-line) to receive comments on the Draft SPDP EIS.

NNSA prepared the Draft SPDP EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of dispositioning 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium using capabilities at multiple sites across the Nation. NNSA’s preferred alternative would implement a dilute and dispose strategy, which includes processing surplus plutonium to plutonium oxide, diluting it with an adulterant to inhibit plutonium recovery, and disposing the resulting contact-handled transuranic waste in the existing Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility. The Draft SPDP EIS analyzes the preferred alternative including various sub-alternatives that would require capabilities at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Pantex Plant in Texas, the WIPP facility in New Mexico, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. The Draft SPDP EIS also analyzes a No Action Alternative. NNSA announced its intent to prepare this EIS on December 16, 2020 (85 FR 81460).

NNSA invites Federal and state agencies, Native American Tribes, state and local governments, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments on the Draft SPDP EIS through March 16, 2023. NNSA will consider all comments received or postmarked by the end of the comment period in preparing the Final SPDP EIS, which NNSA expects to issue by late 2023. Comments received or postmarked after the comment period ends will be considered to the extent practicable.

Written comments on the Draft SPDP EIS should be submitted no later than March 16, 2023, and sent to:

U.S. Mail:         Maxcine Maxted, NEPA Document Manager

National Nuclear Security Administration

Office of Material Management and Minimization

Savannah River Site

P.O. Box A, Bldg. 730-2B, Rm. 328

Aiken, SC 29802

Phone:             (803) 952-7434 to leave a message

Or E-mail:        SPDP-EIS@nnsa.doe.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.

NNSA will hold four public hearings (three in-person and one virtual/online) to receive comments on the Draft SPDP EIS. The locations of the three in-person public hearings and the contact information for the virtual online meeting are provided below. Any changes to the meeting dates or times will be posted on this page.

Location

Date

Time

Details

Aiken/North Augusta, S.C.

Thursday, January 19, 2023

6–9 p.m. Eastern

North Augusta Municipal Building, 100 Georgia Avenue, North Augusta, SC

Carlsbad, NM

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

6–9 p.m. Mountain

Carousel House at Pecos River Village Conference Center, 711 Muscatel Ave, Carlsbad, NM

Los Alamos, NM

Thursday, January 26, 2023

6–9 p.m. Mountain

NEW VENUE:

Fuller Lodge, Pajarito Room, 2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544

Online (Zoom)1

Monday,

January 30, 2023

7–10 p.m. Eastern

6–9 p.m. Central

58 p.m. Mountain

4–7 p.m. Pacific

ZoomGov.com/join

Meeting ID:  160 635 4491

Passcode:  041993

Dial in only:   1-551-285-1373

Click on this link for a direct connection to the Online Zoom meeting.

At the three in-person hearings, for the first 30 minutes NNSA will hold a poster session where NNSA representatives will be available to answer questions about the Draft SPDP EIS. Following the poster session, NNSA will make a presentation on the Draft SPDP EIS, and then NNSA will receive formal comments with transcription by a court stenographer. The posters will be available on this website prior to the meeting. NNSA will not answer any questions during the formal public comment period. The meetings will conclude at the end of the posted meeting time or when the public comment period is finished, whichever is earlier.

Draft Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) Available for public comment and notice of public hearings

NNSA is making a Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL SWEIS) (DOE/EIS–0547) available for public review and comment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA is also announcing a 60-day public comment period and three public hearings to receive comments on the Draft LLNL SWEIS. NNSA prepared the Draft LLNL SWEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with continuing LLNL operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations and facilities for approximately the next 15 years. NNSA announced its intent to prepare a new LLNL SWEIS on August 5, 2020 (85 FR 47362).

NNSA invites Federal and state agencies, Native American Tribes, state and local governments, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments on the Draft SWEIS through January 18, 2023. NNSA will consider all comments received or postmarked by the end of the comment period in preparing the Final LLNL SWEIS. Comments received or postmarked after the comment period will be considered to the extent practicable.

NNSA will hold three public hearings (two in-person and one virtual) to receive comments on the Draft LLNL SWEIS. The in-person meetings will be held:

Date and Time

Location

Address

December 7, 2022;

6-8:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Garré Vineyard & Winery

7986 Tesla Road

Livermore, CA 94550

December 8, 2022;

6-8:30 pm Pacific Time

Tracy City Hall, City Council Chambers

333 Civic Center Drive

Tracy, CA 95376

For the two in-person hearings, NNSA will hold an Open House from 6 to 6:30 p.m. to provide the public with an opportunity to engage with NNSA personnel and ask questions about the Draft SWEIS and NNSA activities at LLNL. Following the Open House, NNSA will make a presentation on the Draft SWEIS lasting approximately 20 minutes, then answer any clarifying questions on the presentation. Following this presentation, NNSA will receive formal public comments with transcription by a court stenographer. NNSA will not answer questions during the formal public comment period.

In addition to the two in-person hearings, NNSA will hold an on-line virtual public hearing. The date and time of the virtual public hearing and access instructions will be published in local newspapers, posted on social media platforms, and available here on this website and on: /nepa/listings/latest-documents-and-notices.

Written comments on the Draft LLNL SWEIS should be submitted no later than January 18, 2023 and sent to:

Mail:          Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston, LLNL SWEIS Document Manager

                  DOE/NNSA

                  1000 Independence Ave., SW

                  Washington, DC 20585

Phone:        833-778-0508 to leave a message

Email:     LLNLSWEIS@nnsa.doe.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 LLNL SWEIS will be available here for your review.

Copies of the Draft LLNL SWEIS will also be available for review at the Livermore Public Library: 1188 South Livermore Avenue, Livermore, California; and at the Tracy Public Library: 20 East Eaton Avenue, Tracy, California.

Plutonium Pit Production NEPA documents

Record of Decision (ROD) for the final EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS)

Amended Record of Decision (AROD) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (CT SPEIS) for Pit Production at SRS  

Final SRS Pit Production EIS

NNSA’s Notice of Availability (NOA) of the final SRS Pit Production EIS in the Federal Register

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Notice of Availability (NOA) of the final SRS Pit Production EIS in the Federal Register

Amended Record of Decision (AROD) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (CT SPEIS) for Pit Production at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)

AROD of the 2008 LANL Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for Pit Production at LANL

Final SA of the SWEIS for pit production at LANL

The draft SA of the 2008 SWEIS for Continued Operations of LANL is available here for your review

More information on the 2008 SWEIS for Continued Operations of LANL is available here.

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

The Notice of Availability of Final Supplement Analysis for the Complex Transformation SPEIS is available here for your review.

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.

The draft SRS Pit Production EIS

NNSA’s Federal Register Notice of Availability (NOA) of the draft SRS Pit Production EIS

The Environmental Protection Agency’s NOA of the draft SRS Pit Production EIS in the Federal Register

The SRS Pit Production EIS page

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.