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EA-1772: Final Environmental Assessment

Multipurpose Haul Road Within the Idaho National Laboratory Site

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) proposes to provide an alternative route, other than the public highway, to transport several thousand shipments of materials and wastes expected over the next 10 years (Engineering Design File [EDF] -9513) between the Materials and Fuels Complex (MFC) and other Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Site facilities. The proposed action is needed to reduce shipment costs, improve operational efficiency, improve highway safety, and reduce impacts to the public by minimizing road closures. Currently, shipments are via public U.S. Highway 20, requiring that the public be restricted from access to the highway during shipping periods. An internal road would allow shipments between facilities without impacting public access to the public highway. The cost and time required for notifications, road closures, and shipping container certification is considerable when using the public highway, decreasing operational efficiency.