MAUD NAROLL CHIEF PLANNER
NEVADA STATE CLEARINGHOUSE
DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATIONS
209 E MUSSER STREET ROOM 204
CARSON CITY NV 89710
Dear Ms. Naroll:
The Nevada Department of Transportation has reviewed the project titled: Scoping for Intermodal Transport of Low Level Nuclear Waste to Nevada Test Site SAI#E1998-082.
Based on the information submitted, we have the following comments on the proposed project.
Construction of an Intermodal transfer facility will in fact create a significant impact on the human environment, therefore an EIS should be completed. Preliminary siting plans for a "Caliente" intermodal site snow that it would be located within a canyon capable of extensive water flow at flood periods. Also it is our understanding that part of the facility would be located on the current waste treatment facility and whether water quality would be effected or not is yet to be determined. Additionally, Caliente is located within the Meadow Valley Wash watershed which flows into the Muddy River and then into Lake Mead. Statements contained within the "Surface Water and Groundwater" section mislead the readers by implying water flows are contained within the Great Basin.
Secondly, siting and constructing an intermodal transfer facility (especially for nuclear waste) anywhere within the State of Nevada brings about consequences that transcend the bound of this proposal. Currently there does not exist an intermodal transfer site that could service the low level waste stream to the Nevada Test Site. Construction of such a facility would most likely become a "defacto" intermodal transfer site for "High Level Waste and Spent Nuclear fuel". Because of these two particular reasons, this EA or scoping document is cursory and lacing in breadth and detail.
1. The Yermo site would effect less highway mileage in Nevada as the LLW could be transported on Californian routes throu Death Valley Junction entering Nevada on SR-373. An existing entrance to the Nevada Test Site could be utilized at Lathrop Wells. This would limit travel on our state highway system to approximately 20 miles.
2. The section of the Caliente site would impact highways US 93, SR 375, US 06 and US 95. An access could be established from SR 375 in the vicinity of Rachel which would limit our exposure. Even though the LLW transport will adhere to legal loads, SR 375 and portions of US 06 probably could not sustain an increase in truck traffic without the improvements to the structural sections of these roadways.
Thank you for the opportunity to review this project.
Thomas J. Fronapfel, P.E.
Assistant Director Planning