The Final Y-12 SWEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the reasonable alternatives for ongoing and foreseeable future operations and activities at Y-12.
NNSA, a separately organized agency within DOE, is responsible for maintaining the safety, reliability, and security of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile to meet national security requirements. NNSA manages nuclear weapons programs and facilities, including those at the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12) at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This Final Y-12 SWEIS analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the reasonable alternatives for ongoing and foreseeable future operations and activities at Y-12, including alternatives for changes to site infrastructure and levels of operation (using production capacity as the key metric for comparison).
Five alternatives are analyzed in this Y-12 SWEIS: (1) No Action Alternative (maintain the status quo); (2) UraniumProcessing Facility (UPF) Alternative; (3) Upgrade-in-Place Alternative; (4) Capability-sized UPF Alternative; and (5) No Net Production/Capability-sized UPF Alternative. This document assesses the potential environmental impacts of operations and applicable plans on land uses, socioeconomic characteristics and environmental justice, prehistoric and historic cultural resources, visual resources, geology and soils, biological resources, wetlands, water, air quality, noise, traffic and transportation, utilities and energy, waste management, human health and safety, intentional destructive acts, and accidents. The Capability-sized UPF Alternative is NNSA’s preferred alternative.
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Source: U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration, Y-12 Site Office
Photo: U.S. Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration