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Materials Environmental Reviews

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires all Federal agencies to evaluate the impacts of proposed major actions on the human environment. The NRC complies with NEPA through its regulations in 10 CFR Part 51.

The Environmental Review Branch in the NRC's Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards (NMSS) serves as the Center of Excellence for conducting environmental reviews in support of NMSS regulatory and licensing actions.  The Environmental Review Branch considers the environmental effects of the proposed action on land use, water quality and use, ecological resources, noise, public and occupational health, socioeconomics, air quality, and environmental justice to name a few.

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Projects

The Environmental Review Branch develops all environmental impact statements (EISs) and complex environmental assessments (EAs) for decommissioning activities, uranium recovery licensing, fuel cycle licensing, spent fuel and transportation licensing, and rulemaking actions. The Environmental Review Branch also reviews and coordinates with other Federal and State agencies; develops environmental guidance; and provides assistance, training, and support in the environmental review areas.

The following table presents a list of current NEPA reviews.

Facility Facility Type Application Type NEPA Document
Centrus/Lead Cascade Enrichment Test Facility License Amendment Environmental Assessment
Cimarron Decommissioning Materials Site (former Fuel Fabrication Facility) License Termination Plan Environmental Assessment
Crow Butte In Situ Recovery (ISR) License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Crow Butte - North Trend In Situ Recovery (ISR) License Amendment Environmental Assessment
Crownpoint Uranium Recovery License Renewal Environmental Assessment
HiStorm (Holtec) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation New License Application Environmental Impact Statement
Honeywell Fuel Facility License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Kendrick In Situ Recovery (ISR) License Amendment Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement
LaCrosse Decommissioning Power Reactor Site License Termination Plan Environmental Assessment
Lost Creek In Situ Recovery (ISR) License Amendment Environmental Impact Statement (BLM is lead agency)
North Anna Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Smith Ranch Highland In Situ Recovery (ISR) License Renewal Environmental Assessment
TMI-2 Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Trojan Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Waste Control Specialists (WCS) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation New License Application Environmental Impact Statement
Westinghouse Electric Company, LLC (Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility) Uranium Fuel Fabrication License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Water Remediation Technology (WRT), LLC Uranium Recovery License Renewal Environmental Assessment
Zion Decommissioning Power Reactor Site License Termination Plan Environmental Assessment

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Public Involvement

The environmental review process under NEPA provides an opportunity for the public to provide input into the NRC's review, whether it is through scoping, or submitting comments on a draft EIS.  See Documents for Comment for a list of NEPA documents available for comment.

In addition to NEPA, the NRC's regulatory process provides a variety of opportunities for the public to participate.  The NRC announces upcoming public meetings to enable interested members of the public to participate.  NRC also encourages public involvement in rulemaking, uranium recovery, fuel cycle programs, spent fuel storage topics, and decommissioning.  In addition, the NRC provides notices of major licensing applications to inform the public about hearings and opportunities to intervene. If you have questions or need additional information, Contact Us about NEPA Reviews.

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, September 14, 2018