Why the PEIS Is Needed
The DOE Office of Legacy Management issued a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for the ULP in July 2007. The PEA evaluated three alternatives for management of the ULP for the next 10 years. Based on the analyses contained in the PEA, the DOE issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
In the FONSI, the DOE announced its decision to proceed with the preferred "Expanded Program Alternative" that was examined in the PEA. The DOE also determined that preparation of an EIS was not required.
The DOE has now determined that in light of additional site-specific information that DOE has gathered as a result of the site-specific agency actions proposed and approved pursuant to the PEA/FONSI, it is now appropriate for DOE to prepare a PEIS. The PEIS analyzes the reasonably foreseeable environmental impacts, including the site-specific impacts, of the range of reasonable alternatives for the management of the ULP.