NRC Opens Scoping Effort for Environmental Review of WCS Proposed CISF
Last week, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) officially opened the scoping process, which is a call for public comment on the scope of a project, for the environmental review of our application for a license to construct and operate a Consolidated Interims Storage Facility for spent nuclear fuel.
The scoping period is the cornerstone of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is required under the National Environmental Protection Act. WCS had asked the NRC to begin the EIS as soon as possible in order to engage the public early in the process.
According to the NRC, the public comment period remains open until 45 days after an application is docketed. We anticipate that the environmental review will be at least a two-year process and include public comments and responses by NRC.
So, even though our application will continue to undergo a safety review as supplemental information is provided by us, the NRC indicated in their press release that the information in the Environmental Report section of our application supported its decision to begin the EIS.
This section of our application builds on environmental data of our 14,000 acres in Andrews County Texas, including work from our previous license applications for the treatment, storage and disposal of low-level radioactive waste.
In addition to that, we were able to use analysis from the NRC licensed uranium enrichment plant, URENCO, which is our closest neighbor, just to the southwest of our site.
There are several ways the public can submit comments through the mail or online. All that information is contained in the NRC press release which we have posted at WCSstorage.com.
As always, we at WCS, plan to make all aspects of our application with the NRC available to interested parties in the public. It is also likely that the NRC will be a hold a meeting about our application sometime early next year and we will let the public know as soon as we get the word.
Enjoy the upcoming holiday.