A Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Moab Project was published in the Federal Register in December 2004. DOE held public scoping meetings for the EIS in January 2003.
DOE released a draft EIS for public comment in November 2004. The draft EIS assessed potential environmental impacts of actions in remediating tailings, ground water, and contaminated soils at the Moab Project site and vicinity properties. Comments DOE received on the information presented in the draft EIS and DOE responses to those comments are included as Volumes III and IV of the final EIS.
The final EIS was distributed to the public in July 2005. The final EIS included the preferred alternatives for remediation of the Moab Project site. Please refer to the document Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the preferred alternatives for remediation of the Moab Project site.
The Record of Decision was issued in September 2005. The Record of Decision details the selected alternatives of active ground water remediation at the Moab site and off-site disposal of the tailings pile and other contaminated materials at the proposed Crescent Junction, Utah, disposal site using predominantly rail transportation. This off-site disposal will remove the contaminated mill tailings from adjacent to the Colorado River and relocate them to the Crescent Junction site, which is more than 30 miles from the Colorado River. An Amended Record of Decision was issued in February 2008 to allow transport of the residual radioactive materials either by truck or rail.
National Environmental Policy Act reviews have been conducted periodically to ensure proposed project activities are within the original bounds of the EIS. A review was conducted to evaluate the project activities to be conducted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and an adequacy review was performed in 2012 for the proposed Moab site General Access Area. DOE prepared a Supplement Analysis in 2013 to document that the existing EIS remains adequate to address project activities.
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