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Implementation Plan, Tritium Supply and Recycling Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, Revised
Subject Terms:
Environmental Impact Statement; Health Impacts on Workers; Light Water Reactor; Lithium; NEPA Compliance; Nuclear Weapons Mission; Recycling; Spent Nuclear Fuel; Tritium; Uranium
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DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
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Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
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Publication Date:
1995 Jan 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Originating Research Org.:
Department of Energy Office of Reconfiguration
OpenNet Entry Date:
1995 Apr 14
The Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to address the siting of and technology for Tritium supply and recycling facilities for the nation's nuclear weapons complex. Tritium, a radioactive isotope of Hydrogen, is used to enhance the performance of nuclear weapons and is a necessary component for all weapons in the stockpile. Tritium decays at 5.5 percent per year and must be replaced periodically as long as the nation relies on a nuclear deterent. Currently, there is no capability to produce Tritium within the nuclear weapons complex, yet projections require that new Tritium be available by approximately the year 2011. Therefore, this statement serves to evaluate the alternatives for the siting, construction, and operation of Tritium supply and recycling facilities at each of five candidate sites: Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, Nevada Test Site, Oak Ridge Reservation, the Pantex Plant, and the Savannah River Site. The statement will assess the environmental impacts of all reasonable alternatives, including no action.

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