Public Comment Period Extended for EnergySolutions Request for Exemption from Depleted Uranium Rules

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The public comment period for the EnergySolutions exemption request has been extended to October 22, 2018. 

The director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control received a request from HEAL Utah to extend the comment period. The director determined that the request for the extension has merit and extended the comment period for an additional 13 days.

The public comment period began  September 6, 2018, in response to a request by EnergySolutions for an exemption from state rules that require a performance assessment for the receipt and disposal of concentrated depleted uranium (DU) in excess of one metric ton total accumulation.

The full public notice, correspondence, and supporting documents regarding EnergySolutions‘ request for an exemption are available on the DEQ Public Notices page.

EnergySolutions, a radioactive waste management company with facilities in Tooele County, Utah, wants to dispose of approximately 6,000 metric tons of solid depleted uranium metal from the disassembly of munitions (depleted uranium solid metal penetrators, also known as DU Penetrators) from the Department of Defense. Under the rules, a performance assessment is required to demonstrate that the applicable performance standards will be met prior to disposal of more than one metric ton (total accumulation) of concentrated depleted uranium. If the exemption is granted as requested, EnergySolutions would not be required to complete a performance assessment.

The Waste Management and Radiation Control Board instructed the director of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control to solicit public comment on this request. The original 30-day public comment period beginning September 6, 2018, was extended by the director. The comment period now ends on October 22, 2018.

Documents related to this request can be reviewed at the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control DWMRC),  Multi-Agency State Office Building, 195 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City, Utah. Members of the public can view EnergySolutions’ request and the DWMRC response on the DEQ website. Written comments will be accepted if received by 5:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018, and should be submitted to:

Scott T. Anderson, Director
Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control
Department of Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 144880
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4880

Comments can also be hand-delivered to the Division but must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 22, 2018.

Comments can also be sent by email to dwmrcpublic@utah.gov. Comments sent by email should contain “Public Comment on EnergySolutions’ Request for an Exemption” in the subject line. All documents included in comments should be submitted as ASCII (text) files or in pdf format. All public comments will become of the official administrative record for purposes of judicial review.

For further information, call Don Verbica or Helge Gabert of the Division of Waste Management and Radiation Control at (801) 536-0200