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Title: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico

Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico NNSA, an agency within DOE, proposes to replace the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The CMRR EIS will examine the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed action of consolidating and relocating the mission-critical CMR capabilities from a degraded building to a new modern building(s). The existing CMR Building, constructed in the early 1950s, houses most of LANL's analytical chemistry and materials characterization capabilities (AC and MC). Other capabilities at the CMR Building include actinide processing, waste characterization, and nondestructive analysis that support a variety of NNSA and DOE nuclear materials management programs. In 1992, DOE initiated planning and implementation of CMR Building upgrades to address specific safety, reliability, consolidation, and security and safeguards issues. Later, in 1997 and 1998, a series of operational, safety, and seismic issues surfaced regarding the long-term viability of the CMR Building. Because of these issues, DOE determined that the extensive upgrades originally planned would be much more expensive and time consuming and of only marginal effectiveness. As a result, DOE decided to perform only the upgrades necessary to ensure the safe and reliable operation of the CMR Building through 2010 and to seek an alternative path for more » long-term reliability. The CMRR EIS evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. The Proposed Action is to replace the CMR Building. The Preferred Alternative is to construct a new CMRR Facility at Technical Area (TA) 55, consisting of two or three buildings. One of the new buildings would provide space for administrative offices and support functions. The other building(s) would provide secure laboratory spaces for research and analytical support activities. The buildings would be expected to operate for a minimum of 50 years. Tunnels may be constructed to connect the buildings. Alternative 2 would be to construct the new CMRR Facility within an undeveloped ''greenfield'' area near TA-55 at TA-6. Alternatives 3 and 4 would be to continue using the existing CMR Building for administrative offices and support functions with the implementation of minimal necessary structural and system upgrades and repairs, together with the construction of new nuclear laboratory building(s) at either TA-55 or TA-6. The EIS also presents an analysis of impacts associated with the dispositioning of all or portions of the existing CMR Building. « less
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OSTI Identifier:823250
Report Number(s):DOE/EIS-0350D
TRN: US0402012
Resource Type:Technical Report
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Resource Relation:Other Information: PBD: 15 May 2003
Research Org:U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (US)
Sponsoring Org:USDOE Office of NEPA Policy and Assistance (EH-42) (US)
Country of Publication:United States
Language:English
Subject: 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; ACTINIDES; CHEMISTRY; CONSTRUCTION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; IMPLEMENTATION; METALLURGY; NONDESTRUCTIVE ANALYSIS; NUCLEAR MATERIALS MANAGEMENT; RELIABILITY; SAFEGUARDS; SAFETY; SECURITY; VIABILITY; WASTES EIS; NNSA; LOS ALAMOS; NM; CMRR