Tuesday, February 15, 2011

NRC Gives Thumbs Up to Areva in Environmental Review

Posted By on Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 10:23 AM

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has given another green light to Areva's effort to build a uranium enrichment factory outside of Idaho Falls.

The NRC published a 500-plus page environmental review stating that there would be small environmental impacts to land use, geology and soils, water resources and public and occupational health. The study says there would be small to large environmental impacts to air quality with pre-construction land clearing causing "fugitive dust" and "large releases of particulate matter."

"The NRC's conclusion comes as absolutely no surprise," said Liz Woodruff, executive director of the Snake River Alliance. "But that doesn't make this dangerous project any more defensible. The NRC began telegraphing its support for this project long before it even solicited public comment from scores of concerned Idahoans."

Areva has hired the URS Corporation to build its $4 billion plant. The company said it is confident construction could begin this summer.

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