United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Environmental Impact Statement for the Reclamation of the Sequoyah Fuels Corporation Site in Gore, Oklahoma (NUREG-1888)

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Manuscript Completed: May 2008
Date Published: May 2008

Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

Sequoyah Fuels Corporation (SFC) is proposing to conduct reclamation activities at its 243-hectare (600-acre) former uranium conversion site in Gore, Oklahoma, in accordance with Title 10, "Energy," of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 40 (10 CFR Part 40), Appendix A (which includes criteria for the disposition of uranium mill tailings or wastes). In its Reclamation Plan submitted to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), SFC proposes to consolidate contaminated sludges and soils, demolish existing structures (with the exception of the administration building and the electrical substation), and construct an above-grade, onsite engineered disposal cell for the permanent disposal of all contaminated materials. SFC also would implement its proposed groundwater Corrective Action Plan to restore the groundwater using the "hydraulic containment and pump back" method. Following the completion of surface reclamation and groundwater corrective actions, SFC would seek termination of its NRC license. As part of that future license termination process, SFC proposes the transfer of approximately 131 hectares (324 acres) of the site, including the land area encompassing the disposal cell and a surrounding buffer, to the custody of the United States or the State of Oklahoma for long-term control. SFC proposes that the remaining 112 hectares (276 acres) of the site be released for unrestricted use by members of the public.

This Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 and NRC's regulations for implementing the Act, found at 10 CFR Part 51. This EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action and its reasonable alternatives. This EIS also describes the environment potentially affected by SFC's proposed site reclamation activities, presents and compares the potential environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action and its alternatives, and describes SFC's environmental monitoring program and proposed mitigation measures.

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