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NRC Releases Draft Supplement to the Environmental Impact Statement for the Yucca Mountain Repository for Public Comment

The NRC released a supplement to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) EIS for the proposed Yucca Mountain repository.  The DOE issued an EIS in 2002 and supplemental EIS in 2008 related to the repository.  The NRC staff found that the DOE supplemental EIS did not adequately address impacts on groundwater, and earlier this year, the Commission directed the staff to prepare a supplemental EIS to address groundwater impacts.  The draft supplement evaluates the potential impacts on groundwater and from contaminated groundwater discharges due to potential releases and concludes that impacts would be “small.”   The NRC will provide a 60-day public comment period on the draft supplement, which will begin August 21, 2015.

To view the draft supplement, click here.