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EIS-0046: Final Environmental Impact Statement

Management of Commercially Generated Radioactive Waste

This EIS analyzes the significant environmental impacts that could occur if various technologies for management and disposal of high-level and transuranic wastes from commercial nuclear power reactors were to be developed and implemented. This EIS will serve as the environmental input for the decision on which technology, or technologies, will be emphasized in further research and development activities in the commercial waste management program.

The action proposed in this EIS is to 1) adopt a national strategy to develop mined geologic repositories for disposal of commercially generated high-level and transuranic radioactive waste (while continuing to examine subseabed and very deep hole disposal as potential backup technologies) and 2) conduct an R&D program to develop such facilities and the necessary technology to ensure the safe long-term containment and isolation of these wastes.