Mercury Storage EIS and Supplemental EIS
The Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008 directed the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to designate a facility
or facilities for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury generated within the United States.
As required by the Mercury Export Ban Act of 2008, the Department of Energy (DOE) plans to identify a facility or facilities for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury
generated in the United States. The January 2011 Environmental Impact Statement for the Long-Term Management and Storage of Elemental Mercury (Mercury Storage EIS)
evaluated seven candidate locations for the elemental mercury storage facility, as well as the No Action Alternative. Those candidate locations are: DOE Grand Junction
Disposal Site near Grand Junction, Colorado; DOE Hanford Site near Richland, Washington; Hawthorne Army Depot near Hawthorne, Nevada; DOE Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho; DOE Kansas City
Plant in Kansas City, Missouri; DOE Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina; and Waste Control Specialists, LLC, site near Andrews, Texas. Since publication of the Final Mercury Storage EIS, DOE
has reconsidered the range of reasonable alternatives evaluated in that EIS. The Supplemental EIS evaluated three additional locations for a long-term mercury storage facility, all near the Waste
Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), which is located approximately 26 miles southeast of Carlsbad, New Mexico.
DOE will consider the environmental impact information presented in the January 2011 Mercury Storage EIS and the SEIS, as well as
other factors (e.g., cost, schedule, strategic objectives, and public comments), when making long-term elemental mercury management
and storage decisions. DOE will make a decision on the proposed action no sooner than 30 days after publication of EPA’s Notice of
Availability of this Final Mercury Storage SEIS in the Federal Register.
DOE will announce its decision in a Record of Decision published in the Federal Register.
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