Proposed American Centrifuge Plant in Piketon, Ohio Pike County, Ohio
Proposed Action: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing to issue a loan guarantee to USEC Inc., to support funding for the American Centrifuge Project (ACP) in Piketon, Ohio. The facility would be located on an existing DOE reservation (Portsmouth Reservation) in Pike County, Ohio. The ACP would be an advanced uranium enrichment facility (utilizing centrifuge technology) for the production of commercial nuclear fuel. In August 2004, prior to DOE Loan Programs Office (LP) involvement in the ACP project, USEC Inc., submitted a license application for the construction and operation of the ACP to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). As required by Section 193 of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) (42 USC § 2243), the NRC prepared an EIS which analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the proposed plant. NRC issued a final EIS in April 2006 (see NUREG-1843, at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/nuregs/staff/sr1834/index.html). On April 13, 2007, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board issued its final decision authorizing the issuance of a license to USEC Inc., for the construction and operation of the ACP (LBP-07-6, 65 NRC 429) and issued the license. The issuance of the NRC license constitutes the Record of Decision (ROD) for the NRC EIS. Based on a review of the NRC EIS and related documents, DOE has adopted the 2006 NRC final EIS as a DOE final EIS.