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IIFP submitted a license application and Environmental Report (ER) in support of its proposed facility on December 30, 2009. The proposed site is located in Lea County, New Mexico, approximately 22.55 kilometers (km) (14 miles [mi]) west of the city of Hobbs.
The Final EIS is being issued as part of the NRC's process to decide whether to issue a license to IIFP, pursuant to Part 40 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), to construct and operate the proposed depleted uranium deconversion facility. Specifically, IIFP proposes to deconvert depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF
The Final EIS was prepared in compliance with the
In addition to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered a reasonable range of alternatives, including the no-action alternative. Under the no-action alternative, the NRC would deny IIFP's request to construct and operate a depleted uranium deconversion facility in Hobbs, New Mexico. The no-action alternative serves as a baseline for comparison of the potential environmental impacts of the proposed action. Other alternatives the NRC staff considered but eliminated from further analysis include: (1) Alternative sites; (2) alternative technologies; (3) shipment of the U.S. generated DUF
After weighing the impacts of the proposed action and comparing alternatives, the NRC staff, in accordance with 10 CFR 51.91(d), sets forth its recommendation regarding the proposed action. The NRC staff recommends that, unless safety issues mandate otherwise, the proposed license be issued to IIFP. In this regard, the NRC staff has concluded that the environmental impacts of the proposed action are generally small, and taken in combination with the proposed IIFP environmental monitoring program and proposed mitigation measures discussed in the Final EIS would eliminate or substantially lessen any adverse environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
Documents related to this notice are available on the NRC's Licensing Web Site at:
The IIFP's license application, Environmental Report, and the NRC's Final EIS are available in ADAMS under Accession Numbers ML100630503, ML100120758, and ML12220A380.
A copy of the Final EIS will be available at the Hobbs Public Library, 509 North Shipp, Hobbs, New Mexico 88240.
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