NNSA Changes Venue For Surplus Plutonium Disposition EIS Public Hearing In Los Alamos Jan. 26

The PF-4 at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy photo


The January 26 public hearing for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program Environmental Impact Statement will be held in Fuller Lodge’s Pajarito room in Los Alamos. 

The hearing will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The address is 2132 Central Ave. Additional details and meeting materials are available for review online at https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room

The Los Alamos hearing is one of four public hearings for members of the public to provide oral comments. The first 30 minutes of the in-person meeting will be a poster session, which will be followed by a presentation by NNSA and a public comment session. Representatives will be available at the poster session to answer your questions and Spanish/English translators will be available. The posters will be available on the NNSA NEPA Reading Room website prior to the online meeting. Oral comments during the on-line and in-person public hearings will be limited to a maximum of three minutes. The meetings will conclude at the end of the posted meeting time or when the public comment period is finished, whichever is earlier. Any changes to the meeting times or locations will be posted on the NNSA NEPA reading room at the link below. There is also a Zoom meeting scheduled for Jan. 30.

Los Alamos, NMThursday, January 26, 20236:00–9:00 PM Mountain TimePajarito Room, Fuller Lodge2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM
Online (Zoom)Monday, January 30, 20235:00–8:00 PM Mountain Time The meeting URL will be posted on the NNSA’s NEPA Reading Room – https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room

The Draft SPDP EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts of dispositioning 34 metric tons of surplus plutonium using capabilities at multiple sites across the Nation. NNSA’s preferred alternative would implement a dilute and dispose strategy, which includes processing surplus plutonium to plutonium oxide, diluting it with an adulterant to inhibit plutonium recovery, and disposing the resulting contact-handled transuranic waste in the existing Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) facility. The Draft SPDP EIS analyzes the preferred alternative including various sub-alternatives that would require capabilities at Savannah River Site in South Carolina, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Pantex Plant in Texas, the WIPP facility in New Mexico, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Tennessee. The Draft SPDP EIS also analyzes a No Action Alternative.

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