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Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security
Document Number: 2024-15741
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-07-17
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (ACNS). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure.
Notice of Update to Advance Consent List
Document Number: 2024-09963
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration is providing notice of an update to the advance consent list of countries or destinations eligible to receive retransfers from the Republic of Korea (ROK) of unirradiated low enriched uranium, unirradiated source material, equipment, and components subject to paragraph 2 of Article 10 of the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, done at Washington June 15, 2015, entered into force November 25, 2015 ("U.S.- ROK 123 Agreement").
Notice of Update to Advance Consent List
Document Number: 2024-09962
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration is providing notice of an update to the advance consent list of countries eligible to receive retransfers from the European Atomic Energy Community ("Euratom") of low enriched uranium, non- nuclear material, equipment, and source material transferred pursuant to Article 8.1(C)(i) of the Agreement for Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy between the United States of America and the European Atomic Energy Community, signed at Brussels November 7, 1995 and March 29, 1996, entered into force April 12, 1996 ("U.S.-Euratom 123 Agreement").
Notice of Update to Advance Consent List
Document Number: 2024-09961
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-05-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration is providing notice of an update to the advance consent list of countries or destinations eligible to receive retransfers from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland of byproduct material, non-nuclear material, unirradiated low enriched uranium, unirradiated source material, and equipment subject to Article 6 of the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for Cooperation in Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, done at Washington May 4, 2018, entered into force December 31, 2020 ("U.S.-UK 123 Agreement").
Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program
Document Number: 2024-08390
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-04-19
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is issuing this Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) (SPDP EIS) (DOE/EIS-0549). In this ROD, NNSA announces its decision to use the dilute and dispose strategy, rather than the Mixed Oxide Fuel (MOX) Program, to permanently dispose of 34 metric tons (MT) of plutonium surplus to the defense needs of the Nation (surplus defense-related plutonium). NNSA will implement the Base Approach Sub- alternative of the Preferred Alternative as described and analyzed in the SPDP EIS.
Record of Decision for Adoption of Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Environmental Impact Statement Related to the Operating License for the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility
Document Number: 2024-04397
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-04
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) intends to issue a modification to its cooperative agreement with SHINE Technologies, DE-NA0004010, to revise the scope of the agreement to include cost-shared funding for facility construction. Issuance of the modification is subject to satisfactory completion of pricing and other technical reviews. The environmental impacts of this proposed action have been addressed in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) NUREG-2183 and NUREG-2183, Supplement 1.
Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security
Document Number: 2024-04368
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-01
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (ACNS). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure.
Record of Decision for the Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Document Number: 2024-03351
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-20
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is issuing this Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California (Final LLNL SWEIS) (DOE/EIS-0547). NNSA prepared the Final LLNL SWEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with reasonable alternatives for continuing LLNL operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations and facilities for approximately the next 15 years. The SWEIS analyzes two alternatives: No-Action Alternative and Proposed Action. In this ROD, NNSA announces its decision to implement the Proposed Action.
Minor Construction Threshold Increase
Document Number: 2024-02712
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-02-09
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice is being issued under the authority the Atomic Energy Defense Act as amended by the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023. The Department is adjusting the minor construction threshold to account for inflation. The threshold is being increased from $30 million to $34 million.
Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program
Document Number: 2024-00890
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-19
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP EIS) (DOE/EIS-0549) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA prepared the Final SPDP EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of dispositioning 34 metric tons (MT) of surplus plutonium.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2023-28814
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-01-02
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy (DOE) invites public comment on a proposed extension for three years of a collection of information that DOE with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Secretarial Determination of No Adverse Material Impact on the Domestic Uranium Mining, Conversion, and Enrichment Industries To Support Mo-99 Production
Document Number: 2023-28501
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
On November 22, 2023, the Secretary of Energy issued a Secretarial Determination (hereafter ``determination'') covering the sale, lease, or transfer of up to 750 kilograms uranium (kgU) of high- assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) (above 5, but less than 20 weight percent (wt.-%) uranium-235) per year during the two-year period following signature of the determination to support molybdenum-99 (Mo- 99) production. For the reasons set forth in the Department's ``Analysis of Potential Impacts of Certain Uranium Transactions on the Domestic Uranium Mining, Conversion, and Enrichment Industries,'' which is incorporated into the determination, the Secretary determined that these transactions will not have an adverse material impact on the domestic uranium mining, conversion, or enrichment industries.
Notice of Availability for the Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Document Number: 2023-24141
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-11-03
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of a Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Final LLNL SWEIS) (DOE/EIS-0547) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA prepared the Final LLNL SWEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with continuing LLNL operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations and facilities for approximately the next 15 years. Volume 3 of the Final LLNL SWEIS is a comment response document (CRD), which includes all comments received during the public comment period on the Draft LLNL SWEIS, as well as NNSA's responses to those comments.
Amended Record of Decision for the Production of Tritium in Commercial Light Water Reactors
Document Number: 2023-19909
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-09-14
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), is announcing this amendment to the June 22, 2016, Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Production of Tritium in a Commercial Light Water Reactor (CLWR SEIS) (DOE/EIS-0288- S1). NNSA is amending the 2016 decision in partnership with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). TVA is considering increasing the number of TPBARs irradiated in their reactors at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (WBN) using tritium-producing burnable absorber rods (TPBARs). NNSA initially decided to implement the CLWR SEIS Preferred Alternative, Alternative 6, which allows for the irradiation of up to a total of 5,000 TPBARs every 18 months using TVA reactors at both the Watts Bar and Sequoyah sites. Subsequent to the CLWR SEIS, WBN Unit 1 increased tritium production under Unit 1 License Amendment #107 (July 2016) and Unit 2 tritium production was authorized under Unit 2 License Amendment #27 (May 2019). Hence, TVA and NNSA are now opting to choose the previously analyzed CLWR SEIS Alternative 4, which allows for the irradiation of up to a total of 5,000 TPBARs every 18 months at the Watts Bar site using Watts Bar Units 1 and 2.
Predictive Science Academic Alliance Program (PSAAP) IV Pre-Proposal Meeting
Document Number: 2023-15693
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-25
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces the NNSA PSAAP IV Pre-Proposal Meeting. This announcement is necessary to engage U.S. Ph.D.-granting institutions to shape the future of predictive science and seek their collaboration and feedback. The intended effect is to establish a significant academic and applied research program focused on driving advancements in computational simulations and the prediction of complex systems with quantified uncertainties.
Molybdenum-99 Stakeholders Meeting
Document Number: 2023-15148
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-18
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces an NNSA Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) Stakeholders Meeting. This meeting will be held in a hybrid format.
Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security; Correction
Document Number: 2023-14035
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-07-03
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
On June 26, 2023, the Department of Energy published a notice of closed meeting announcing a meeting on July 19, 2023, of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (88 FR 121). This document makes a correction to that notice.
Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security
Document Number: 2023-13472
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-26
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (ACNS). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under Executive Order 13526, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Addition of Property for the Kansas City Plant Facilities
Document Number: 2023-11995
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-06-06
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Department of Energy, pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, prohibits the unauthorized entry and the unauthorized introduction of weapons or dangerous materials into or upon the facilities of the KCNSC (formerly Kansas City Plant) of the United States Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration. The facilities are described in this notice.
Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security
Document Number: 2023-08541
Type: Notice
Date: 2023-04-24
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Advisory Committee for Nuclear Security (ACNS). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under Executive Order 13526, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program and Announcement of Public Hearings
Document Number: 2022-27152
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-12-16
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP EIS) (DOE/EIS-0549) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA is also announcing a 60-day public comment period and four public hearings to receive comments on the Draft SPDP EIS. NNSA prepared the Draft SPDP EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of dispositioning 34 metric tons (MT) of surplus plutonium.
Notice of Availability for the Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Document Number: 2022-24069
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-11-04
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of a Draft Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (Draft LLNL SWEIS) (DOE/EIS-0547) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA is also announcing a 60-day public comment period and three public hearings to receive comments on the Draft LLNL SWEIS. NNSA prepared the Draft LLNL SWEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts associated with continuing LLNL operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations and facilities for approximately the next 15 years.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Los Alamos National Laboratory
Document Number: 2022-17901
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-19
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), announces its intent to prepare a new Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL or Laboratory) in Los Alamos, New Mexico (DOE/EIS-0552) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The SWEIS will analyze the potential environmental impacts of the reasonable alternatives for continuing operations of the Laboratory for approximately the next 15 years. The continued operation of the Laboratory is critical to NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program to prevent the spread and use of nuclear weapons worldwide and to many other areas impacting national security and global stability. The SWEIS will also analyze environmental impacts of legacy waste remediation conducted by DOE's Office of Environmental Management (DOE-EM). The purpose of this Notice is to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public involvement on the scope of analysis (e.g., range of alternatives, impacts, and actions) and alternatives that should be considered in the SWEIS. Following completion of the SWEIS, NNSA will decide which reasonable alternatives to implement and will announce its decisions through a Record of Decision (ROD). Absent any new decisions associated with this SWEIS process, NNSA would continue to implement decisions announced in previous RODs.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2022-17572
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-08-16
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under Executive Order 13526, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2022-05860
Type: Notice
Date: 2022-03-24
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under an Executive Order, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Exports of U.S.-Origin Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU) for Medical Isotope Production: Certification of Sufficient Supplies of Non-HEU-based Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) To Meet Needs of Patients in the United States
Document Number: 2021-28017
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-12-27
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
DOE and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in accordance with the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA), have issued a joint Secretarial certification that there is a sufficient global supply of Mo-99 produced without the use of HEU available to meet the needs of patients in the United States and that it is not necessary to export United States-origin HEU for the purposes of medical isotope production in order to meet United States patient needs. This certification is effective as of January 2, 2022.
Supply of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) Produced Without the Use of Highly Enriched Uranium (HEU)
Document Number: 2021-21634
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-05
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
DOE, in accordance with Section 3174 of the American Medical Isotopes Production Act of 2012 (AMIPA), is preparing for a Secretarial certification regarding the sufficiency of supply of non-HEU based Mo- 99. DOE is seeking public input as part of its certification development process and analysis to determine the sufficiency of Mo-99 supply to meet U.S. patient needs.
Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department of Energy Uranium Reserve Program
Document Number: 2021-19701
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-09-13
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy (DOE) published the Request for information (RFI) to invite public comment on topics related to the Establishment of the DOE's Uranium Reserve program on August 11, 2021. Through this notice, DOE announces the reopening of the Uranium Reserve RFI comment period for an additional 30 days. The August 11, 2021 Federal Register notice mistakenly listed an option for online submissions via www.regulations.gov, but that option is not available at this time. Comments can be submitted via email or postal mail through the instructions in the ADDRESSES section.
Disposition of Fast Critical Assembly Plutonium
Document Number: 2021-04707
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-03-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the Department of Energy (DOE), is amending its prior decision to disposition up to 350 kilograms (kg) of foreign Gap Material Plutonium from preparation for emplacement in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) to disposition using an electrolytic dissolver in H-Canyon, vitrification with high level radioactive waste (HLW) at the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF), and storage at Savannah River Site (SRS) until a geologic repository is available. NNSA has determined through feasibility and process technology studies that this disposition path could be performed at a substantially lower cost than preparation for disposal at WIPP. NNSA has prepared a Supplement Analysis (SA) to inform this amended decision and has determined that no additional National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review is necessary.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee Renewal
Document Number: 2021-02890
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-02-12
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
Pursuant to Federal Advisory Committee Act, and following consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat, General Services Administration, notice is hereby given that the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC) will be renewed for a two-year period, beginning on February 8, 2021. The DPAC will provide advice and recommendations to the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs on the stewardship and maintenance of the Nation's nuclear deterrent. Additionally, the renewal of the Committee has been determined to be essential to the conduct of the Department's business and to be in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed upon the Department of Energy by law and agreement. The Committee will continue to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act and the rules and regulations in implementation of that Act.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2021-00108
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-01-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy (DOE) has submitted a request to the OMB for the extension of information collection authorities under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DOE requests a three-year extension of its authority to collection information for its American Assured Fuel Supply Program, OMB Control Number 1910-5173. The proposed collection is necessary for DOE to determine the eligibility of the applicants to access low enriched uranium (LEU) in the American Assured Fuel Supply (AAFS).
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2020-27682
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-16
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This document is being issued under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under the Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Civil Uses of Atomic Energy Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, as amended (the Agreement).
Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program
Document Number: 2020-27674
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-12-16
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces its intent, consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), to prepare a Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate alternatives for the safe and timely disposition of plutonium surplus to the defense needs of the United States. NNSA will prepare a SPDP EIS to evaluate the dilute and dispose alternative, also known as ``plutonium downblending,'' and any other identified reasonable alternatives for the disposition of surplus plutonium. The dilute and dispose approach would require new, modified, or existing capabilities at the Savannah River Site (SRS), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Pantex Plant (Pantex), and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). The purpose of this Notice is to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public involvement on the scope and alternatives that should be considered.
Record of Decision for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (DOE/EIS-0541)
Document Number: 2020-24517
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is announcing this Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (SRS Pit Production EIS) (DOE/EIS- 0541). In this ROD, NNSA announces its decision to implement the Proposed Action to repurpose the Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) to produce a minimum of 50 war reserve pits per year at SRS and to develop the ability to implement a short-term surge capacity to enable NNSA to meet the requirements of producing pits at a rate of not less than 80 war reserve pits per year up to the analyzed limit as necessary beginning during 2030 for the nuclear weapons stockpile. NNSA has previously evaluated this action at the programmatic level in the 2008 Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic EIS (Complex Transformation SPEIS), and recently in a separate Complex Transformation SPEIS Supplement Analysis (2019 SPEIS SA).
Amended Record of Decision for the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-24516
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-05
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is announcing this amendment to the December 19, 2008, Record of Decision (ROD) for the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact StatementOperations Involving Plutonium, Uranium, and the Assembly and Disassembly of Nuclear Weapons (Complex Transformation SPEIS2008 Programmatic ROD). In this Amended ROD, NNSA announces its programmatic decision to implement elements of a Modified Distributed Centers of Excellence (DCE) Alternative whereby NNSA would produce a minimum of 50 war reserve pits per year at a repurposed Mixed-Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at the Savannah River Site (SRS) during 2030 for the national pit production mission and implement surge efforts to exceed 80 pits per year up to the analyzed limit as necessary beginning during 2030 for the nuclear weapons stockpile. This decision is supported at a programmatic level by the analysis in a Supplement Analysis (SA) to the Complex Transformation SPEIS (2019 SPEIS SA) (DOE/EIS-0236-SA-02), which NNSA prepared in 2019. After preparing and considering the 2019 SPEIS SA, NNSA has determined that no further NEPA analysis is needed at a programmatic level prior to issuing this Amended ROD.
Amended Record of Decision for the Continued Operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex (Y-12)
Document Number: 2020-21622
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-30
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a separately organized agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is amending its October 2019 Amended Record of Decision (AROD) for the Continued Interim Operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex (2019 AROD) to continue to implement its approach for meeting enriched uranium (EU) requirements, by upgrading existing EU processing buildings and constructing a new Uranium Processing Facility (UPF). Since publication of the 2019 AROD, NNSA finalized a Supplement Analysis for the Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex, Earthquake Accident Analysis (DOE/EIS- 0387-SA-04) (2020 SA), which presented an accident analysis of earthquake consequences at the Y-12 site using updated seismic hazard analyses. Based on the analysis in the 2020 SA, NNSA determined that no additional NEPA documentation is required. This new 2020 AROD combines elements of the two alternatives previously analyzed in the 2011 Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for the Y-12 National Security Complex (DOE/EIS-0387) (Y-12 SWEIS), and separates the single-structure UPF design concept into a new design consisting of multiple buildings, with each constructed to safety and security requirements appropriate to the building's function. All other defense mission activities and non-defense mission activities conducted at Y-12 under the alternative selected for implementation in the 2011 ROD would continue to be implemented.
Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina
Document Number: 2020-21606
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-30
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site (SRS) in South Carolina (SRS Pit Production EIS) (DOE/EIS-0541). NNSA prepared the Final EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of producing a minimum of 50 war reserve pits per year at SRS and developing the ability to implement a short-term surge capacity to enable NNSA to meet the requirements of producing pits at a rate of no fewer than 80 war reserve pits per year beginning during 2030 for the nuclear weapons stockpile.
Agency Information Collection Extension
Document Number: 2020-21222
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-25
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
Pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Department of Energy (DOE) intends to extend for three years, an information collection request with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
Amended Record of Decision for the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-19348
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-09-02
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is announcing this amendment to the December 19, 2008, Record of Decision (ROD) for the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact StatementOperations Involving Plutonium, Uranium, and the Assembly and Disassembly of Nuclear Weapons (Complex Transformation SPEIS2008 Programmatic ROD). In this Amended ROD, NNSA announces its programmatic decision to implement elements of a Modified Distributed Centers of Excellence (DCE) Alternative whereby Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will produce a minimum of 30 war reserve pits per year for the national pit production mission during 2026 and implement surge efforts to exceed 30 pits per year as needed. NNSA will implement this decision without construction of the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research and Replacement Nuclear Facility (CMRR-NF). NNSA has previously evaluated this action at the programmatic level in the Complex Transformation SPEIS and at the site-specific level in the LANL Sitewide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS), and recently completed a review of those prior analyses in a separate Supplement Analysis (SA) for each document. Pit production alternatives were previously analyzed in the Complex Transformation SPEIS.
Surplus Plutonium Disposition
Document Number: 2020-19023
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-28
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) is announcing this amendment to the April 2003 Amended Record of Decision (AROD) for the Final Surplus Plutonium Disposition Environmental Impact Statement (Final SPD EIS) (DOE/EIS- 0283). In this AROD, DOE/NNSA is announcing its decision to use the dilute and dispose method to disposition up to 7.1 MT of non-pit plutonium as contact handled transuranic (CH-TRU) waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP). This AROD changes the disposition pathway for a portion of the 34 MT of surplus plutonium DOE/NNSA previously announced and decided in 2003 to fabricate into mixed oxide (MOX) fuel. DOE/NNSA prepared a Supplement Analysis (SA) for Disposition of Additional Non-Pit Surplus Plutonium (DOE/EIS-0283-SA-4, August 2020) to inform this decision.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-17404
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-10
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations, under, the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under Executive Order 13526, and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Notice of Intent To Prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Document Number: 2020-17054
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-08-05
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces its intent to prepare a Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement (SWEIS) for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL or Laboratory) in Livermore, California (LLNL SWEIS). The LLNL SWEIS will be prepared by NNSA's Livermore Field Office (LFO) and analyze the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Action, other reasonable alternatives that may be identified, and the No Action Alternative for continuing operations of LLNL for approximately the next 15 years. The continued operation of LLNL is critical to NNSA's Stockpile Stewardship Program, to preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons worldwide, and to many other areas that may impact national security and global stability. The Proposed Action Alternative will include continued operations and foreseeable new and/or modified operations/facilities to address aging infrastructure concerns at LLNL. The purpose of this Notice is to invite public participation in the process and to encourage public involvement on the scope and alternatives that should be considered.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2020-14722
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-07-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This document is being issued under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department of Energy is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Japan Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
Notice of Availability of the Report on the Secretary of Energy's Final Decision and Supporting Reasoning Regarding Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2019-2, Safety of the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities
Document Number: 2020-12638
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-06-11
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announces the availability of a Report on the Secretary of Energy's Final Decision and Supporting Reasoning Regarding Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board Recommendation 2019-2, Safety of the Savannah River Site Tritium Facilities. The Board issued Recommendation 2019-2 on June 11, 2019. The Recommendation focused on the Department of Energy (DOE) actions to improve the safety of the Tritium Facilities, upgrades to safety management programs, and the implementation of robust controls to prevent very high radiation doses, creating the potential for acute radiation sickness or fatality in a significant number of individuals. The Recommendation identified three specific sub-recommendations.
Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina and Announcement of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2020-06557
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-03
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Plutonium Pit Production at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina (SRS Pit Production EIS) (DOE/EIS-0541). NNSA is also announcing a 45-day public comment period and one public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIS. NNSA prepared the Draft EIS to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of producing a minimum of 50 war reserve pits per year at SRS and developing the ability to implement a short-term surge capacity to enable NNSA to meet the requirements of producing pits at a rate of not less than 80 war reserve pits per year beginning during 2030 for the nuclear weapons stockpile.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-06746
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-04-01
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
On February 19, 2020, the Department of Energy published a notice of closed meeting announcing a meeting on April 23, 2020 of the Defense Programs Advisory Committee. This notice announces the cancellation of this meeting.
Defense Programs Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-03228
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-02-19
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This notice announces a closed meeting of the Defense Programs Advisory Committee (DPAC). The Federal Advisory Committee Act requires that public notice of meetings be announced in the Federal Register. Due to national security considerations the meeting will be closed to the public and matters to be discussed are exempt from public disclosure under Executive Order 13526 and the Atomic Energy Act of 1954.
Amended Record of Decision for the Installation and Operation of a Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility at the Portsmouth, Ohio Site
Document Number: 2020-01074
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-23
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) is announcing this amendment to the July 2004 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Construction and Operation of a Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Facility at the Portsmouth, Ohio, Site (FEIS) (DOE/EIS- 0360). In this amended ROD, DOE/NNSA is announcing its decision to implement its preferred alternative for the construction and operation of a depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) conversion facility at the Portsmouth, Ohio, a DOE Office of Environmental Management (EM) site. This amended ROD addresses DOE/NNSA's intent to construct and operate a fourth process line within the conversion facility, as previously analyzed in the aforementioned FEIS.
Notice of Availability of Final Supplement Analysis of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2020-00102
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-01-08
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), a semi- autonomous agency within the United States (U.S.) Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of a Final Supplement Analysis (SA) of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (SPEIS) (DOE/EIS-0236-SA-02). NNSA prepared the Final SA to determine whether, prior to implementing a Modified Distributed Center of Excellence (DCE) Alternative for plutonium operations to enable producing plutonium pits at a rate of no fewer than 80 pits per year by 2030, the existing Complex Transformation SPEIS should be supplemented, a new environmental impact statement be prepared, or that no further National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis is required. NNSA published the Draft Supplement Analysis of the Complex Transformation Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on June 28, 2019, and announced a 45-day comment period. After considering all comments received, NNSA prepared the Final SA and concluded that no further NEPA documentation at a programmatic level is required.
Proposed Subsequent Arrangement
Document Number: 2019-22431
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-15
Agency: Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration
This document is being issued under the authority of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. The Department is providing notice of a proposed subsequent arrangement under the Agreement for Cooperation between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of Korea Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
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