AmeriScan: October 14, 1999
PUBLIC COMMENTS SOUGHT ON HANFORD REACTOR RESTART
RICHLAND, Washington, October 14, 1999 (ENS) - The Department of Energy (DOE) began holding public scoping meetings this week to gather comments on the proposed restart of the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF), the department's largest operable nuclear reactor located at the Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. Restarting the FFTF is one of several proposals designed to meet future needs for civilian nuclear research and development and production of radioactive isotopes for research and medical uses. Other alternatives include using existing facilities to produce new radioactive materials, such as plutonium-238 for future space missions; constructing one or more new accelerators; and constructing a new research reactor. The DOE’s programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS) on these plans also includes a "no action" alternative, under which the department would continue to rely on its existing infrastructure for production of isotopes and nuclear research and development.
The DOE will accept comments on the PEIS through October 31, 1999. Public meetings will be held (from 6 to 9 pm unless noted) in the following locations:
Idaho Falls, Idaho: The Shilo Inn, October 15
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