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Title: Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex

Abstract

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is responsible for providing the Nation with nuclear weapons and ensuring that those nuclear weapons remain safe, secure, and reliable. As one of the DOE major production facilities, the Y-12 National Security Complex has been DOE's primary site for enriched uranium processing and storage, and one of the manufacturing facilities for maintaining the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. In response to the end of the Cold War and changes in the world's political regimes, the emphasis of the U.S. weapons program has shifted dramatically over the past few years from developing and producing new weapons to dismantlement and maintenance of a smaller, enduring stockpile. The ''Stockpile Stewardship and Management Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement'' [SSM PEIS], DOE/EIS-0236, issued in September 1996, evaluated alternatives for maintaining the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing or production of new-design weapons. In the SSM PEIS Record of Decision (ROD), DOE decided to maintain the national security missions at the Y-12 National Security Complex, but to downsize Y-12 consistent with reduced requirements. These national security missions include (1) maintaining the capability and capacity tomore » fabricate secondaries, limited life components, and case parts for nuclear response; (2) evaluating components and subsystems returned from the stockpile; (3) storing enriched uranium that is designated for national security purposes; (4) storing depleted uranium and lithium parts; (5) dismantling nuclear weapons secondaries returned from the stockpile; (6) processing uranium and lithium (which includes chemical recovery, purification, and conversion of enriched uranium and lithium to a form suitable for long-term storage and/or further use); and (7) providing support to weapons laboratories. During the same time period as the SSM PEIS, DOE also prepared the ''Storage and Disposition of Weapons-Usable Fissile Materials Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement'' [S&D PEIS], DOE/EIS-0229, which was issued in December 1996. This S&D PEIS evaluated alternatives for the long-term storage of fissile material. In the S&D PEIS ROD, DOE decided that Y-12 would also store surplus enriched uranium pending disposition.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of NEPA Policy and Assistance (EH-42) (US)
OSTI Identifier:
823258
Report Number(s):
DOE/EIS-0309
TRN: US0403607
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 2 Nov 2001
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
11 NUCLEAR FUEL CYCLE AND FUEL MATERIALS; 45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; DEPLETED URANIUM; ENRICHED URANIUM; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; FISSILE MATERIALS; INDUSTRIAL PLANTS; LITHIUM; NATIONAL SECURITY; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; PURIFICATION; SECURITY; URANIUM; WEAPONS; EIS; ANDERSON COUNTY; TN

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N /A. Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex. United States: N. p., 2001. Web. doi:10.2172/823258.
N /A. Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex. United States. doi:10.2172/823258.
N /A. Fri . "Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex". United States. doi:10.2172/823258. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/823258.
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