Environmental Impact Statement for the Proposed Fluorine Extraction Process and Depleted Uranium Deconversion Plant in Lea County, New Mexico – Final Report (NUREG–2113)
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Manuscript Completed: July 2012
Date Published: August 2012
Asimios Malliakos, NRC Project Manager
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
International Isotopes Fluorine Products, Inc. (IIFP), a wholly-owned subsidiary of International Isotopes, Inc., has submitted a license application to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to construct, operate, and decommission Phase 1 of a fluorine extraction and depleted uranium deconversion facility in Lea County, New Mexico. The proposed facility would provide services to the uranium enrichment industry, which makes fuel for nuclear power reactors. The IIFP facility would deconvert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) into fluoride products for commercial resale, and depleted uranium oxides for disposal. The license application for Phase 1 requests NRC to license the possession of up to 750,000 kilograms (827 tons) of depleted uranium under Title 10 "Energy" of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 40, "Domestic Licensing of Source Material" in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
This final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NRC regulations for implementing NEPA (10 CFR 51). This final EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action, which is to construct, operate, and decommission Phase 1 of the fluorine extraction and depleted uranium deconversion facility, and its reasonable alternatives, and describes IIFP's monitoring program and proposed mitigation measures.
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