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Selected Action: The selected action consists of the following elements, each of which are described or
evaluated in the attached EA on the pages referenced:
" Proceed with the application for NRC licensing of the transportation and Interim Storage System (ISS).
This-will require development of the design for the ISS and transportation system to further refine
information for the evaluation of impacts associated with these systems. The NRC will use this
information to conduct their evaluation of the license application and NEPA analysis (pp. 7, 9).
" Continue with design and testing of a system to remove commercial fuels and canisters of TMI core
debris from the storage pool, dewatering the canisters, and prepare the canisters and commercial fuels
" Upon NRC approval of the ISS location and method of transportation, DOE will:
dewater the TMI canisters, remove the canisters from the storage pool, and prepare them for
transport (p. 8);
remove the LOFT and commercial fuels from the storage pool, drip-dry the fuels in the TAN Hot
Shop, and prepare the fuels for transport (p. 8);
remove hardware from the storage pool, decontaminate reusable hardware, and dispose of the
remaining hardware as low-level waste at the RWMC (p. 8);
drain the storage pool, treat the pool water with an ion exchange system or other suitable
treatment system, and discharge the treated water in compliance with applicable state and federal
regulations (p. 9);
stabilize the pool to place it in an industrially and radiologically safe condition for refurbishment
or decommissioning (pp. 9, 17).
Schedule: The NRC licensing action is scheduled to begin in Fiscal Year 1996 and would be conducted in
a manner so as to comply with the schedule stipulated in the October 16, 1995 Settlement Agreement
between DOE and the State of Idaho. This schedule identifies that the TMI fuel (core debris) will be placed
in the interim dry storage facility by June 1, 2001. Also, as stipulated in the Settlement Agreement, DOE
has consulted with the State of Idaho concerning the location of the interim dry storage system within the
SUNMMARY OF IMPACTS: The following is a summary of the impacts evaluated in the EA at the
referenced pages and presented in relation to the significance criteria described in 40 CFR 1508.27.
1) Beneficial and adverse impacts [40 CFR 1508.27 (b)(1)I:
* The selected action will resolve the issue of potential future vulnerabilities associated with the storage
* There are no adverse impacts associated with:
Construction activities (p. 25);
Radiation emissions and exposure (pp. 25-29);
Storage pool water treatment and discharge (pp. 27-29);
Generation of radioactive and nonradioactive wastes (pp. 28-29);
Socioeconomic factors (pp. 29).
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Test Area North Pool Stabilization Project: Environmental assessment, report, May 1, 1996; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc667887/m1/4/: accessed September 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.