Comment on NNSA’s Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by March 16!

NNSA is holding a 60-day public comment period on the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP) Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) (DOE/EIS-0549) from December 16, 2022 through March 16, 2023.

NNSA is making the Draft SPDP EIS available for public review and comment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). NNSA has also announced three in-person public hearings and one online virtual meeting to receive comments on the Draft SPDP EIS.

“Buckle up.  This is going to be a contentious discussion.”  

This is DOE’s sixth attempt to address how to handle surplus plutonium so that it could no longer be used in nuclear weapons.  DOE’s plan is found in the draft Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program environmental impact statement (EIS), which is open for public comment until March 16th.

Previous DOE attempts did not include LANL and WIPP.  That has changed.  LANL and WIPP are now DOE’s targets.

Since 1994, DOE has spent billions of dollars and held dozens of public meetings and hearings about how to prevent access to surplus plutonium.  Immobilization is one method.  But in 2002, DOE canceled the immobilization program “due to budgetary constraints,” even though thousands of public comments supported immobilization of all the plutonium.

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