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EIS-0350: DOE Notice of Availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los  Alamos, New Mexico

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), announces the availability of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Building Replacement Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico (the Draft CMRR EIS), and the dates and locations for the public hearings to receive comments on the Draft CMRR EIS. The present Chemistry and Metallurgy Research (CMR) Building at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) houses mission critical analytical chemistry, material characterization and actinide (actinides are any of a series of elements with atomic numbers ranging from actinium- 89 through lawrencium-103) research and development capabilities. The Draft CMRR EIS considers the potential environmental impacts that could result due to the consolidation and relocation of these CMR capabilities from the existing aged CMR Building to a new facility such that these capabilities would be available on a long-term basis to successfully accomplish LANL mission support activities or programs. The Draft CMRR EIS also considers the no-action alternative of maintaining the CMR capabilities at the CMR Building.Preferred Alternative is to construct a new CMRR Facility at Technical Area (TA) 55, consisting of two or three buildings. One of the new buildings would provide space for administrative offices and support functions. The other building(s) would provide secure laboratory spaces for research and analytical support activities. The buildings would be expected to operate for a minimum of 50 years. Tunnels may be constructed to connect the buildings. Alternative 2 would be to construct the new CMRR Facility within an undeveloped “greenfield” area near TA-55 at TA-6. Alternatives 3 and 4 would be to continue using the existing CMR Building for administrative offices and support functions with the implementation of minimal necessary structural and system upgrades and repairs, together with the construction of new nuclear laboratory building(s) at either TA-55 or TA-6. The EIS also presents an analysis of impacts associated with the dispositioning of all or portions of the existing CMR Building.