ANNOUNCEMENT OF EXTENSION OF THE PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD AND AN ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARING IN SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA FOR THE YUCCA MOUNTAIN DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS)

On August 13, 1999, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Notice of Availability (64 FR 44200) of its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a Geologic Repository for the Disposal of Spent Nuclear Fuel and High-Level Radioactive Waste at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada (DOE/EIS-0250-D) and announced a 180-day public comment period ending February 9, 2000. Based on input from the public, the public comment period is now extended to February 28, 2000. The DOE is also announcing an additional public hearing during this extended comment period to be held in San Bernardino, California on February 22, 2000, from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The additional public hearing will be held at the following location: Radisson Hotel, 295 North "E" Street, San Bernardino, California 92401.

The first hour of each session of the hearing will include a brief over-view presentation on the Draft EIS and a question and answer session. During the remainder of the hearing, there will be an opportunity to provide comments for the record. To schedule a time to provide oral comments during either session of the hearing, please call 1-800-967-3477. Persons wishing to provide oral comments who have not registered in advance may register at the hearings.

Other options for submitting comments on the Draft EIS are as follows:

Mail written comments to:

Ms. Wendy R. Dixon, EIS Program Manager
M/S 010
U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste Management
Yucca Mountain Site Characterization Office
P.O. Box 30307
North Las Vegas, NV 89036-0307

Fax written comments to: 1-800-967-0739, with the following identifier: "Yucca Mountain Draft EIS."

Submit written comments over the Internet via the Yucca Mountain Project website at http://www.ymp.gov under the listing "Environmental Impact Statement."

The DOE will consider all comments transmitted or postmarked by February 28, 2000. Comments submitted after this date will be considered to the extent practicable.

Sincerely,

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J. Russell Dyer
Project Manager