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What Is in the Uranium Leasing Program PEIS

The ULP PEIS evaluates the potential environmental impacts associated with the range of reasonable alternatives for the management of the ULP. Five alternatives are evaluated addressing the 31 lease tracts in western Colorado that are being managed through the ULP.

The Final ULP PEIS is available under PEIS Documents on this Web site. The information on this page only provides a brief overview.

What Is the Scope of the Analysis in the ULP PEIS?

The scope of the analysis addresses the potential environmental impacts from the range of reasonable alternatives identified for the ULP including the "no action" alternative.

What Alternatives Have Been Analyzed in the ULP PEIS?

The DOE evaluated five alternatives in the ULP PEIS. DOE developed the range of alternatives by carefully considering DOE's underlying need for action and comments received during the public scoping period for the ULP PEIS. The five alternatives are as follows:

  1. Alternative 1: DOE would terminate all leases, and all operations would be reclaimed by lessees. DOE would continue to manage the withdrawn lands, without uranium leasing, in accordance with applicable requirements.
  2. Alternative 2: Same as Alternative 1, except once reclamation was completed by lessees, DOE would relinquish the lands in accordance with 43 CFR Part 2370. If DOI/BLM determines, in accordance with that same Part of the CFR, the lands were suitable to be managed as public domain lands, they would be managed by BLM under its multiple use policies. DOE's uranium leasing program would end.
  3. Alternative 3: DOE would continue the ULP as it existed before July 2007, with the 13 active leases, for the next 10-year period or for another reasonable period, and DOE would terminate the remaining leases.
  4. Alternative 4: This is the preferred alternative under which DOE would continue the ULP with the 31 lease tracts for the next 10-year period or for another reasonable period.
  5. Alternative 5: This is the No Action Alternative, under which DOE would continue the ULP with the 31 lease tracts for the remainder of the 10-year period, and the leases would continue exactly as they were issued in 2008.

What Impacts and Issues Have Been Evaluated in the PEIS?

In the ULP PEIS, DOE has evaluated each alternative for its potential impacts on the following 13 human health and environmental resource areas using available site-specific information in combination with assumptions:

  1. Air quality,
  2. Acoustic environment,
  3. Soil resources,
  4. Water resources,
  5. Human health,
  6. Ecological resources,
  7. Land use,
  8. Socioeconomics,
  9. Environmental justice,
  10. Transportation,
  11. Cultural resources,
  12. Visual resources, and
  13. Waste management.

In addition to the above resource areas, DOE has evaluated cumulative impacts that could occur when potential impacts from the proposed action are considered with past, present, and reasonably foreseeable future actions in the region of influence (ROI) for this ULP PEIS. The five alternatives are also analyzed for the three phases of uranium mining: exploration; mine development and operations; and reclamation, as applicable to the given alternative.