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Ms. Jennifer Nelson
NEPA Compliance Officer
National Nuclear Security Administration
Savannah River Field Office, P.O. Box A
Aiken, South Carolina 29802
Re: Comments on Proposed Plutonium Pit Production at Savannah River Site, Draft EIS
Dear Ms. Nelson:
I am respectfully submitting the following comments for consideration in response to the Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) preparation of its environmental impact statement (EIS) for plutonium pit production at the Savannah River Site (SRS).
I support NNSA’s proposal to repurpose the Mixed Oxide Fuel Fabrication Facility (MFFF) at SRS to produce plutonium pits, restoring an imperative manufacturing capability for our nation. The EIS shows that SRS has the talent and capacity to conduct this essential nation defense mission and can do so safely, efficiently, and with a minimal environmental impact. The Site has existing nuclear processing infrastructure, plus significant land buffer zones, that make it a secure, ideal location for this project. SRS has a well-established record of responsibility operating safely for 70 years, and Site experience in repurposing site facilities for new missions (K Area, L Basin, H Canyon) prove SRS can repurpose the MFFF production facilities and get a return on taxpayer investment. Finally, SRS can execute this mission while protecting the environment: SRS has a world-class manufacturing safety culture, and can operate this new mission in compliance with all environmental laws and regulations.
Selecting SRS for this effort will meet the objective in the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review, to provide “an effective, responsive, and resilient nuclear weapons infrastructure” for the enduring capability and capacity for both SRS and Los Alamos National Laboratory to produce no fewer than 80 plutonium pits per year by 2030.
I am proud to support the consideration and selection of SRS for the plutonium pit production mission, and commend DOE and SRS for its continued focus on safety and environmental stewardship in South Carolina in service to our nation.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide these comments.