How the EIS Is Being Prepared
The Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste EIS is being prepared following the regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.
The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) has issued regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. These regulations identify the steps that must be taken in the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). These steps are:
- A Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare the EIS is published in the Federal Register. (Note: the NOI for the GTCC LLRW EIS will also be available on the Documents page of this Web site.)
- The NOI announces a scoping period during which written and other comments on the content of the EIS are gathered, including statements made at public meetings.
- A Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) is prepared, which, at a minimum, includes:
- Purpose of and need for action;
- Alternatives, including proposed action;
- Affected environment; and
- Environmental consequences.
- A Notice of Availability (NOA) is published in the Federal Register announcing the distribution of the Draft EIS, announcing a public comment period, and describing how the pubic may comment, including the location and schedule of public meetings on the Draft EIS.
- A Final EIS is prepared that includes descriptions of public comments on the Draft EIS and discussions on how they were addressed in the Final EIS.
- An NOA is published in the Federal Register notifying the public that the Final EIS has been issued.
- A Record of Decision (ROD) is published in the Federal Register following Congressional action on the report to Congress describing disposal alternatives under consideration as specified in Section 631 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The ROD describes the agency's decision regarding the proposed action.
The Draft and Final EIS documents, the Notices of Intent and Availability, and the ROD will be available for downloading and browsing on this Web site when they are published.