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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.

 

Public Hearing for Draft EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina

As NNSA announced in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020, a 60-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (DOE/EIS-0541) is running from April 3 through June 2, 2020 (85 FR 18947). NNSA will hold a public hearing in an online virtual format, in place of an in-person meeting.

Virtual Public Hearing Details

The online public hearing will be held Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern 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 (e.g., tablet, smartphone), which will allow you to view and hear the presentation and register to make a public comment :

Click the Webex Events link for the virtual public hearing or enter this address in your internet browser:https://tinyurl.com/SRSDEIS (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. Call +1-408-418-9388
  2. Enter the Conference ID: 796 495 716 #

Registration to make an oral public comment will be available to participants once they have joined the virtual 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 9 p.m. Eastern 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 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The Cisco Webex Meetings application is available for free download at the Apple Store or GooglePlay.

Supporting documentation, including the public hearing presentation, will be available on this page during the public comment period.

Following completion of the public comment period, DOE will address public comments and prepare a Comment Response Document, which will be included as part of the Final EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at SRS.

All comments must be submitted by June 2, 2020 to:

NEPA-SRS@srs.gov (preferred)

or in writing to:

Ms. Jennifer Nelson, NEPA Document Manager

National Nuclear Security Administration, Savannah River Field Office

P.O. Box A

Aiken, SC 29802

 

Open for Public Comment

DRAFT SUPPLEMENT ANALYSIS FOR THE FINAL SITE-WIDE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR THE Y-12 NATIONAL SECURITY COMPLEX, EARTHQUAKE ACCIDENT ANALYSIS

NNSA is making a draft Supplement Analysis (SA) of the 2011 Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for the Y-12 National Security Complex, Earthquake Accident Analysis (DOE/EIS-0387-SA-04), available for public comment. NNSA has prepared the draft Y-12 SWEIS SA to evaluate the potential impacts of an earthquake accident at Y-12, based on updated seismic hazard information. Based on this Y-12 SWEIS SA, NNSA will determine whether the existing 2011 Y-12 SWEIS should be supplemented, a new SWEIS is warranted, or if no further NEPA documentation is required. NNSA invites the public to review and submit comments on the draft SA through May 26, 2020.

Comments must be submitted by no later than May 26, 2020.

By mail to:  Ms. Terri Slack

                   P.O. Box 2050

                   Oak Ridge, TN 37831                             

Or by email to: NEPA.Comments@npo.doe.gov

The draft Y-12 SWEIS SA is available here for your review.

Click here for more information on the 2011 Final SWEIS for the Y-12 National Security Complex.

Draft EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site

NNSA is making a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (SRS Pit Production EIS) (DOE/EIS-0541) available for public review and comment. NNSA prepared the draft SRS Pit Production EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of producing a minimum of 50 pits per year at SRS and developing the ability to implement a short-term surge capacity to enable NNSA to meet the requirements of producing pits at a rate of not less than 80 pits per year beginning during 2030 for the nuclear weapons stockpile. The draft SRS Pit Production EIS 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 EIS through June 2, 2020.

In light of recent public health concerns, NNSA will be hosting an internet- and phone-based, virtual public hearing in place of an in-person meeting. Details on that are below

Written comments on the Draft EIS should be submitted no later than June 2, 2020, and sent to:

Mail:        Ms. Jennifer Nelson, NEPA Document Manager

                National Nuclear Security Administration, Savannah River Field Office

                P.O. Box A

                Aiken, SC 29802

Or Email:    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 SRS Pit Production EIS is available here for your review.

NNSA’s Federal Register (FR) Notice of Availability (NOA) is available here for your review.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) NOA in the Federal Register is available here for your review.

For more information on the SRS Pit Production EIS, please visit this page.

Details on the virtual public meeting

As NNSA announced in the Federal Register on April 3, 2020, a 60-day public comment period on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (DOE/EIS-0541) is running from April 3 through June 2, 2020 (85 FR 18947). NNSA will hold a public hearing in an online virtual format, in place of an in-person meeting.

The online public hearing will be held Thursday, April 30, 2020, from 6 to 9 p.m. Eastern 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 (e.g., tablet, smartphone), which will allow you to view and hear the presentation and register to make a public comment :

Click the Webex Events link for the virtual public hearing or enter this address in your internet browser:https://tinyurl.com/SRSDEIS (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. Call +1-408-418-9388

  2. Enter the Conference ID: 796 495 716 #

Registration to make an oral public comment will be available to participants once they have joined the virtual 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 9 p.m. Eastern 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 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The Cisco Webex Meetings application is available for free download at the Apple Store or GooglePlay.

Supporting documentation, including the public hearing presentation, will be available on this page during the public comment period.

Following completion of the public comment period, DOE will address public comments and prepare a Comment Response Document, which will be included as part of the Final EIS for Plutonium Pit Production at SRS.

All comments must be submitted by June 2, 2020 to:

NEPA-SRS@srs.gov (preferred)

or in writing to:

Ms. Jennifer Nelson, NEPA Document Manager

National Nuclear Security Administration, Savannah River Field Office

P.O. Box A

Aiken, SC 29802

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.