Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Idaho Spent Fuel Facility at the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in Butte County, Idaho (NUREG-1773)

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Manuscript Completed: January 2004
Date Published: January 2004

Division of Waste Management
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has contracted with Foster Wheeler Environmental Corporation (FWENC) to design, construct, and operate the proposed Idaho Spent Fuel Storage Facility that would repackage and store spent nuclear fuel and associated radioactive material from the Peach Bottom Unit 1 High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactor, the Shippingport Atomic Power Station, and various Training, Research, and Isotope reactors built by General Atomics (TRIGA reactors). The proposed facility would be located at the DOE Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL). The proposed facility is part of a Settlement Agreement, dated October 17, 1995, between the DOE, the U.S. Navy, and the State of Idaho regarding waste removal and environmental cleanup at the INEEL. Additionally, the proposed facility would be licensed as an independent spent fuel storage installation in accordance with U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) regulations found at 10 CFR Part 72.

This environmental impact statement (EIS) was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the NRC regulations for implementing NEPA, and the guidance provided by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA. This EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of 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 describes mitigation measures.

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