Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Construction and Operation of an Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation on the Reservation of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians and the Related Transportation Facility in Tooele County, Utah (NUREG-1714, Volume 1)
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Date Published: December 2001
Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
U.S. Surface Transportation Board
Private Fuel Storage, L.L.C. (PFS), proposes to construct and operate an independent spent fuel storage installation on the Reservation of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute Indians. The Reservation is located geographically within Tooele County, Utah. Spent nuclear fuel (SNF) would be transported by rail from existing U.S. commercial reactor sites to Skull Valley. To transport the SNF from the existing rail line to the proposed facility, PFS proposed to construct and operate a rail siding and a 51 m (32 mile) rail line from the rail line near Low, Utah to the reservation.
This final environmental impact statement evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the PFS proposal. The document discusses the purpose and need for the PFS proposed facility, describes the proposed action and its reasonable alternatives, describes the environment potentially affected by the proposal, presents and compares the potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action and its alternatives, and identifies mitigation measures that could eliminate or lessen the potential environmental impacts.
The PFS proposal requires approval from four federal agencies: the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the U.S. Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs and Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Surface Transportation Board. The actions required of these agencies are administrative. The environmental issues that each of these agencies must evaluate pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) are interrelated; therefore; the agencies have cooperated in the preparation of this final environmental impact statement, and this document serves to satisfy each agency's statutory responsibilities under NEPA.