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* Tuesday, July 12, 2011--6-9 p.m., Hilton Albuquerque Hotel, 1901 University Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* Wednesday, July 13, 2011--1-4 p.m., Hilton Albuquerque Hotel, 1901 University Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
* Wednesday, July 13, 2011--6-9 p.m., Hilton Albuquerque Hotel, 1901 University Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
These scoping meetings will provide the public with an opportunity to present comments, ask questions, and discuss issues with NNSA officials regarding the SWEIS. Preparation of the SWEIS will require participation of other Federal agencies. As land managers on and around KAFB, the U.S. Department of the Air Force and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service (USFS) have an inherent interest in activities conducted onsite by NNSA; therefore DOE intends to request the participation of both the Air Force and the USFS as cooperating agencies.
SNL/NM occupies about 8,658 acres on and around KAFB in central New Mexico, and is bordered on the north and west by the city of Albuquerque. The eastern boundary is USFS land and the southern boundary is the Isleta Pueblo. SNL/NM operations are managed and operated for DOE/NNSA under contract by the Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation.
The 1999 SNL/NM SWEIS examined existing and potential impacts to the environment from ongoing and anticipated future DOE/NNSA operations conducted over approximately a 10-year period of time at SNL/NM and other DOE operations on and around KAFB. The three alternatives analyzed in the 1999 SNL/NM SWEIS were: (1) The No Action Alternative, to continue to operate at the planned levels as reflected in DOE Management Plans for 1998 through 2008; (2) The Expanded Operations Alternative, DOE's preferred alternative, to operate at the highest levels supported by then-current and new facilities, and (3) A Reduced Alternative, to operate at the minimum level of activity while still maintaining core mission capabilities. DOE's ROD, dated December 15, 1999, implemented the Expanded Operations Alternative.
In August 2006, DOE/NNSA completed a 5-year review of the 1999 SNL/NM SWEIS with the preparation of a Supplement Analysis (SA),
Three action alternatives will be considered in the SWEIS: Expanded Operations, Reduced Operations, and Renewable Energy Operations. All three of these alternatives will be compared to the No Action Alternative level of operations. The Expanded Operations Alternative will consider the highest level of operations that can be supported in existing facilities and potential new facilities. The Reduced Operations Alternative will consider an overall reduction in the level of operations while maintaining core mission capabilities. The Renewable Energy Operations Alternative will consider renewable energy R&D and the potential deployment of those technologies on the SNL/NM; this alternative or portions of it may be combined with either the Expanded Operations Alternative or the Reduced Operations Alternative. Any new renewable facilities/activities will be included in the analysis for the Expanded Operations Alternative if they are reasonably foreseeable (
This SWEIS will analyze potential impacts resulting from reasonably foreseeable operations and compare these impacts to those projected in the No-Action Alternative. The SWEIS will analyze projected impacts anticipated from operating SNL/NM and from other DOE activities at both on-site and off-site locations. Direct and indirect, as well as unavoidable and irreversible and irretrievable, impacts to the environment of SNL/NM operations and other DOE activities at both on-site and off-site locations will be identified and analyzed in the SWEIS. Where appropriate, mitigation strategies will also be analyzed in the SWEIS. Further, an updated evaluation of SNL/NM operational and transportation accident analyses and a new assessment of cumulative impacts associated with DOE/NNSA operations in Albuquerque will also be included. DOE/NNSA intends to re-evaluate the range of reasonable alternatives following public scoping.
• Potential effects on the public;
• Human health impacts resulting from exposure to hazardous materials under routine and reasonably foreseeable accident scenarios;
• Impacts on surface and groundwater, and on water use and quality;
• Impacts on air quality (including greenhouse gas emissions) and noise;
• Impacts on plants and animals, and their habitats, including species that are Federal- or state-listed as threatened or endangered, or of special concern;
• Impacts on geology and soil;
• Impacts on cultural resources such as Native American sites and Cold War structures and archaeological resources;
• Potential impacts from transportation and traffic;
• Socioeconomic impacts on potentially affected communities including environmental justice issues, such as disproportionately high and
• Potential impacts on land use;
• Pollution prevention and waste management practices and activities;
• Energy efficiency activities;
• Unavoidable adverse impacts and irreversible and irretrievable commitments of resources;
• Potential cumulative environmental effects of past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions;
• The potential impacts of intentional destructive acts, including sabotage and terrorism, which will be addressed in a classified appendix to the SWEIS.