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EA-1345: Final Environmental Assessment

Cleanup and Closure of the Energy Technology Engineering Center, Oakland, California

DOE will use this EA, and other relevant information, to determine (1) if the current cleanup standard for the radiological cleanup of ETEC facilities and all Area IV land for which DOE is responsible is appropriate for the remaining activity, and (2) whether to decontaminate and decommission the remaining sodium facility and other support facilities. The chemical contamination in soil and groundwater will be addressed under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Facility Investigation process. 

DOE’s finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the subject EA was challenged, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California’s May 2, 2007, ruling in the case Natural Resources Defense Council v. Department of Energy (Slip Op. 2007 WL 2349288 (N.D. Cal. Aug. 15, 2007)) held that DOE’s decision to issue a FONSI and conduct cleanup and closure on the basis of the EA was in violation of NEPA. The court enjoined DOE from transferring control of any portion of Santa Susana Field Laboratory Area IV until DOE completes an EIS and issues a Record of Decision pursuant to NEPA. DOE is preparing an EIS for remediation of Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (see