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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.

 

Second public scoping meeting for the LLNL SWEIS

SECOND PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING FOR SITE-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR CONTINUED OPERATION OF THE LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY

On Aug. 5, 2020, the National Nuclear Security Administration announced in the Federal Register the public scoping period for the Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California (DOE/EIS-0547, 85 FR 47362). A first virtual online (with telephone access) public scoping meeting was held on Sept. 2, 2020, in place of an in-person meeting. NNSA has extended the public scoping comment period through Oct. 21, 2020.

In response to the California wildfires and evacuations, a second virtual online public scoping meeting will be held in on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

NNSA will use Webex Events as the platform for the online hearing. To participate via Webex Events, please follow the instructions below:

Visual:

To participate in the meeting using a computer or other handheld smart device, which will allow you to view and hear the presentation and register to make a public comment:

Click this Webex Events link; or enter this address in your internet browser: https://tinyurl.com/LLNLOCT5 (according to Webex, you get the best experience using Firefox or Chrome as your web browser).

Audio Only :

To participate in the meeting by telephone, which will allow you to hear the presentation*:

1. Dial the appropriate number: +1-408-418-9388

2. Enter in the Conference ID: 132 838 3950  #

Registration to make an oral public comment will be available to participants once they have joined the online hearing using the Webex link on the computer or application on another device (tablet, smartphone). Following NNSA’s prepared presentation, speakers will be recognized in the order in which they register. Oral comments will be limited to 3 minutes, in the interest of time and to give as many people as possible the opportunity to comment before the meeting ends at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

*Participants who join by audio only (telephone) will be given the opportunity to register and comment after those who have joined via the WebEx meeting link or application (at approximately 7 p.m. Pacific Time). The Cisco WebEx Meetings application is available for download at the Apple Store or Google Play.

Supporting documentation, including the public scoping meeting presentation, will be available on this web page.

Following completion of the public scoping comment period, NNSA will then prepare a Draft SWEIS and allow further public comment on that document before preparing a Final SWEIS and Record of Decision.

All comments must be submitted by Oct. 21 to:

LLNLSWEIS@nnsa.doe.gov (preferred)

Or by U.S. mail to:

Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston, NEPA Document Manager

National Nuclear Security Administration, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

P.O. Box 808, L-293

7000 East Avenue

Livermore, CA 94551-0808

 

Open for Public Comment

Notice of Intent to prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

NNSA has published a Notice of Intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on Aug. 5, 2020, to announce its intent to prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in Livermore, California (LLNL SWEIS). The LLNL SWEIS will be prepared by NNSA’s Livermore Field Office (LFO) to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and will analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, other reasonable alternatives that may be identified, and the No Action Alternative for continuing operations of LLNL for approximately the next 15 years.

NNSA invites the Federal and state agencies, state and local governments, Native American tribes, industry, other organizations, and members of the public to submit comments to assist in identifying environmental issues and determining the appropriate scope of the LLNL SWEIS from Aug. 5 through Oct. 21, 2020.

Written comments on the scope of the SWEIS or requests for information related to the LLNL SWEIS should be sent by Oct. 21 to:

Ms. Fana Gebeyehu-Houston

NEPA Document Manager, National Nuclear Security Administration

Livermore Field Office

7000 East Avenue, L-293

Livermore, CA 94550-9234

Or email to: LLNLSWEIS@NNSA.DOE.GOV

NNSA will hold one public scoping meeting for the proposed LLNL SWEIS as follows:

In light of recent public health concerns, NNSA will be hosting an internet-based, virtual public scoping meeting in place of an in-person meeting. The date of the meeting will be provided in a future notice posted on this website: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room. NNSA will hold the meeting no earlier than 15 days from the posting of the notice on the NNSA NEPA Reading Room website. Public scoping meeting details will also be announced in local media outlets.

Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personally identifiable information in your comment, please be advised that your entire comment — including your personally identifiable 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.

Environmental Assessment for the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center

NNSA is making a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center (ORETTC) (DOE/EA-2144) available for public review and comment. The draft EA analyzes the potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating the ORETTC to train first responders and other experts in nuclear operations, safeguards, and emergency response.  The proposed site for the ORETTC is on the Oak Ridge Reservation in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, approximately 5 miles west of the Y-12 National Security Complex site.  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 Sept. 21, 2020.

Written comments on the Draft EA should be submitted no later than Sept. 21, 2020, and sent to:

Mail:    NEPA Document Manager

Attn:  ORETTC Draft EA

P.O. Box 2050

Oak Ridge, TN 37831

 

Or email: NEPA.Comments@npo.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 ORETTC EA is available here for your review.

For more information on the ORETTC EA, please visit this page

Plutonium Pit Production NEPA documents

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.