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PUBLIC NOTICE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Announces Two Virtual Public Scoping Meetings on January 25-26, 2021 Regarding Scoping of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program Notice of Intent and background The NNSA published a Notice of Intent (85 FR 81460) on December 16, 2020 to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Surplus Plutonium Disposition Program (SPDP), which would disposition 34 metric tons of material using the capabilities at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, the Pantex Plant in Texas and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The Notice of Intent contains a contains a full description of the proposal and other options for providing public comment until February 1, 2021 (e-mail, phone, regular mail): February 1, 2021 (e-mail, phone, regular mail): https://www.energy.gov/nepa/ downloads/doeeis-0549-notice-intent. Following completion of the public scoping comment period, NNSA will prepare a Draft EIS and allow further public comment on that document before preparing a Final EIS and Record of Decision. Virtual Public Scoping Meetings In light of recent public health concern, NNSA will be hosting two internet- and telephone-based virtual public scoping meetings in place of in-person meetings. The objective of the meetings is to solicit public comment to assist NNSA in determining the appropriate scope of the SPDP EIS. NNSA asks for comments on the dilute and dispose preferred alternative (also known as "plutonium downblending"), other reasonable alternatives NNSA should consider, and environmental issues NNSA should evaluate in the EIS. Participants are encouraged to join 15-30 minutes before the event to test their systems and pre-register to provide comments using instructions given during the meeting. Written copies of the meeting presentation and informational fact sheets will be posted online in both English and Spanish at least 48 hours before the meetings start at: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/nnsa-nepa-reading-room. Meeting #1: January 25, 2021 5:00-9:00 PM Eastern (3:00-7:00 PM Mountain) https://surplusplutoniumdisposition.webex.com/surplusplutoniumdisposition/onstage/g.php?MTID=e748e008ebe2321538d11908f01211aee Password: SPDPEIS Telephone-only: 1-844-621-3956; Access code: 146 423 6294 Meeting #2: January 26, 2021 5:00-9:00 PM Mountain (7:00-11:00 PM Eastern) Same website and password as meeting #1 Audio Only: 1-844-621-3956; Access code: 146 093 7212 Webex technical support: 1-866-229-3239 Meeting questions: Jeffrey Galan (NNSA): 803-952-7434 Journal: January 13, 22, 2021 Left-red    Print Legal   Email-red   Published on: Wed January 13, 2021