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Title: Final environmental impact statement. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Abstract

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared this document as environmental input to future decisions regarding the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which would include the disposal of transuranic waste, as currently authorized. The alternatives covered in this document are the following: (1) Continue storing transuranic (TRU) waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) as it is now or with improved confinement. (2) Proceed with WIPP at the Los Medanos site in southeastern New Mexico, as currently authorized. (3) Dispose of TRU waste in the first available repository for high-level waste. The Los Medanos site would be investigated for its potential suitability as a candidate site. This is administration policy and is the alternative preferred by the DOE. (4) Delay the WIPP to allow other candidate sites to be evaluated for TRU-waste disposal. This environmental impact statement is arranged in the following manner: Chapter 1 is an overall summary of the analysis contained in the document. Chapters 2 and 4 set forth the objectives of the national waste-management program and analyze the full spectrum of reasonable alternatives for meeting these objectives, including the WIPP. Chapter 5 presentsmore » the interim waste-acceptance criteria and waste-form alternatives for the WIPP. Chapters 6 through 13 provide a detailed description and environmental analysis of the WIPP repository and its site. Chapter 14 describes the permits and approvals necessary for the WIPP and the interactions that have taken place with Federal, State, and local authorities, and with the general public in connection with the repository. Chapter 15 analyzes the many comments received on the DEIS and tells what has been done in this FEIS in response. The appendices contain data and discussions in support of the material in the text.« less

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Department of Energy, Washington, DC (USA). Assistant Secretary for Defense Programs
OSTI Identifier:
6992992
Report Number(s):
DOE/EIS-0026(Vol.1)
TRN: 80-017727
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RADIOACTIVE WASTE DISPOSAL; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; UNDERGROUND DISPOSAL; RADIOACTIVE WASTE FACILITIES; CLIMATES; CONSTRUCTION; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; GEOLOGY; HIGH-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTES; HYDROLOGY; LEGAL ASPECTS; MATERIALS HANDLING; NEW MEXICO; OPERATION; PERMITS; PILOT PLANTS; PUBLIC OPINION; RISK ASSESSMENT; SALT DEPOSITS; SITE SELECTION; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; TRANSPORT; ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES; DOCUMENT TYPES; FUNCTIONAL MODELS; GEOLOGIC DEPOSITS; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; MANAGEMENT; MATERIALS; NORTH AMERICA; NUCLEAR FACILITIES; RADIOACTIVE MATERIALS; RADIOACTIVE WASTES; SOUTHWEST REGION; USA; WASTE DISPOSAL; WASTE MANAGEMENT; WASTES; 052002* - Nuclear Fuels- Waste Disposal & Storage; 053000 - Nuclear Fuels- Environmental Aspects; 510500 - Environment, Terrestrial- Site Resource & Use Studies- (-1989); 530300 - Environmental-Social Aspects of Energy Technologies- Environmental Impact Statements- (-1987); 290600 - Energy Planning & Policy- Nuclear Energy

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Not Available. Final environmental impact statement. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States: N. p., 1980. Web. doi:10.2172/6992992.
Not Available. Final environmental impact statement. Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States. doi:10.2172/6992992.
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author = {Not Available},
abstractNote = {In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared this document as environmental input to future decisions regarding the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which would include the disposal of transuranic waste, as currently authorized. The alternatives covered in this document are the following: (1) Continue storing transuranic (TRU) waste at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) as it is now or with improved confinement. (2) Proceed with WIPP at the Los Medanos site in southeastern New Mexico, as currently authorized. (3) Dispose of TRU waste in the first available repository for high-level waste. The Los Medanos site would be investigated for its potential suitability as a candidate site. This is administration policy and is the alternative preferred by the DOE. (4) Delay the WIPP to allow other candidate sites to be evaluated for TRU-waste disposal. This environmental impact statement is arranged in the following manner: Chapter 1 is an overall summary of the analysis contained in the document. Chapters 2 and 4 set forth the objectives of the national waste-management program and analyze the full spectrum of reasonable alternatives for meeting these objectives, including the WIPP. Chapter 5 presents the interim waste-acceptance criteria and waste-form alternatives for the WIPP. Chapters 6 through 13 provide a detailed description and environmental analysis of the WIPP repository and its site. Chapter 14 describes the permits and approvals necessary for the WIPP and the interactions that have taken place with Federal, State, and local authorities, and with the general public in connection with the repository. Chapter 15 analyzes the many comments received on the DEIS and tells what has been done in this FEIS in response. The appendices contain data and discussions in support of the material in the text.},
doi = {10.2172/6992992},
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1980},
month = {Wed Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 1980}
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