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EA-1437: Finding of No Significant Impact

Proposed National Compact Stellarator Equipment Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, New Jersey

The Department of Energy (DOE) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA), DOE/EA-1437, evaluating the environmental effects of the proposed fabrication, assembly and operation of a National Compact Stellarator Experiment (NCSX) within the existing C-Stellarator (CS) Building at C-Site of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), Princeton, New Jersey. The purpose of the NCSX is to provide an experimental device to investigate the attractiveness of a compact stellarator as the basis for a fusion power reactor. Fusion energy has the potential to help compensate for dwindling supplies of fossil fuels, the eventual depletion of fissionable uranium used in present-day nuclear reactors, and the limitations of solar, hydro and wind alternatives.