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About the Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste EIS

A guide to the Greater-Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive Waste EIS document, the EIS process, scope, and schedule.

The Final GTCC EIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed development, operation, and long-term management of a disposal facility or facilities for GTCC low-level radioactive waste and GTCC-like waste. The Final GTCC EIS evaluates five alternatives in this GTCC EIS, including a No Action Alternative, geologic repository at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), intermediate-depth borehole, enhanced near-surface trench, and above-grade vault facilities. The Final GTCC EIS evaluates land disposal methods at the Hanford Site, INL, Los Alamos National Laboratory, NNSS, SRS, WIPP and the WIPP vicinity. The Final EIS also evaluates generic commercial disposal sites in four regions of the United States. The preferred alternative for the disposal of GTCC and GTCC-like waste is the WIPP geologic repository and/or generic commercial facilities. These land disposal conceptual designs could be altered or enhanced, as necessary, to provide the optimal application at a given location. DOE has determined the preferred alternative would satisfy its needs for the disposal of GTCC and GTCC-like waste.

Explore this section to learn more about the EIS, why it is needed, what's in it, how the EIS is being prepared and by whom, and the schedule for preparing the EIS.

Why the EIS Is Needed

See Why the EIS Is Needed to learn more about why DOE is preparing the EIS.

Scope and Content of the EIS

See What's in the EIS to learn more about the scope and content of the EIS, including the impacts and issues addressed in the EIS.

The EIS Process

Preparation of the GTCC LLRW EIS is a multistep process that will include publication of a Draft EIS, a Final EIS and a Record of Decision. These and other EIS documents will be available for downloading and browsing on the Documents page of this Web site.

See How the EIS Is Prepared to learn more about the EIS preparation process.

Information is also available on the preparers, and schedule for the EIS.

DOE encourages public participation in the EIS. See Getting Involved to learn how you can participate in the process.