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Public Comments Requested on Portsmouth & Paducah Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride

Huntington News, January 7, 2019  “………IMPACTS OF POTENTIAL DISPOSAL OPTIONS

In December 2018, DOE issued the Draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement for Disposition of Depleted Uranium Oxide Conversion Product Generated from DEO’s Inventory of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride DOE/EIS-0359-S1 and DOE/EIS-0360-S1. The purpose and need for this action is to identify and analyze alternatives for the disposition of DU oxide. If a beneficial use cannot be found for the DU oxide, all or a portion of the inventory may need to be disposed of. The proposed scope of this DU Oxide SEIS includes an analysis of the potential impacts from three Action Alternatives and a No Action Alternative (in accordance with 40 CFR 1502.14). Under the Action Alternatives, DU oxide would be disposed of at one or more of the three disposal facilities: (1) the EnergySolutions LLC site near Clive, Utah; (2) the Nevada National Security Site in Nye County, Nevada; and (3) the Waste Control Specialists, LLC site near Andrews, Texas. Under the No Action Alternative, transportation and disposal would not occur, and DU oxide containers would remain in storage at Paducah and Portsmouth. All other aspects of the DUF6 conversion activities remain as described previously in the 2004 EISs and RODs and are not within the scope of this DU Oxide SEIS.


There is a 45-day public comment period open from December 28, 2018 to February 11, 2019. Public hearings will be web-based and on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 7:00 –9:00 p.m. (EST)

Comments will be accepted during the web-based public hearing, by mail, by email and through submittal of comment forms on the DU Oxide SEIS website.  Persons who wish to speak may sign up to speak before each meeting by submitting a request to  Join web-based public hearing via:

  • WebEx Meeting Room:  (Copy and Paste into web browser).
  • Phone at US Toll: 1-415-527-5035, access code: 988 230 782 #. Global Call-In Numbers:
    • Australia Toll: +61-29037-2586
    • Belgium Toll: +32-289-53898
    • Japan Toll: +81-345-808170
    • Netherlands Toll: +31-20-794-1499
    • United Kingdom Toll: +44-203-457-5798
  • ……….

January 10, 2019 - Posted by | ACTION

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