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DOE Issues Final Mercury Storage Environmental Impact Statement: Texas Site Is Preferred for Long-Term Mercury Storage

January 19, 2011 - 12:00pm


WASHINGTON – The Department of Energy has prepared a Final Long-Term Management and
Storage of Elemental Mercury Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential
environmental, human health, and socioeconomic impacts of elemental mercury storage at seven
locations. Based on these factors, DOE identified the Waste Control Specialists, LLC, site near
Andrews, Texas, as the preferred alternative for long-term management and storage of mercury.

DOE will consider the environmental impact information presented in this final EIS, as well as
other factors such as cost, schedule and public comments when making a final management and
storage decision. DOE expects to issue a Record of Decision in the spring of this year.

The EIS was prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and
the Mesa County Board of Commissioners were cooperating agencies on this EIS. In addition,
DOE considered and responded to comments received from the public.

Other sites considered include: DOE Grand Junction Disposal Site near Grand Junction,
Colorado; DOE Hanford Site near Richland, Washington; Hawthorne Army Depot near
Hawthorne, Nevada; DOE Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho; DOE Kansas City
Plant in Kansas City, Missouri; and DOE Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina.

The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-414) directs DOE to designate a facility or
facilities for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury generated within the
United States.

The final EIS is available at