Removal and Release to Allow Unrestricted Use
. This alternative provides for complete removal of all facilities, buried
wastes, and residuals, to assure "minimal" remnants of nuclear
operations. It then permits an "unrestricted" civilian use of the
site by the owners, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Removal, On-Premises Waste Storage, and Partial Release to Allow Unrestricted
This alternative provides for the removal of existing facilities including
buried waste, but does not remove on-site stored high-level, low-level and
low-level mixed (with hazardous materials) waste. Hazardous and industrial
(non-radioactive) waste would be disposed of off-site.
In-Place Stabilization and On-Premises Low-Level Waste
This alternative provides the in-place stabilization of contaminated structures
and buried wastes. Uncontaminated structures are removed. Low-level waste would
continue to be disposed of on-site, and all other waste would be disposed of
Monitoring and Maintenance Only.
This is a "no action type of alternative," which provides for the
management of the site in its current configuration and condition. Only
hazardous wastes would be disposed of off-site.
5 Discontinue Operations. This alternative stops any current activities on the site, and leaves the site in its current configuration and condition. All wastes currently on-site remain on-site. No site closure activities and no provision for monitoring .
: (1) Alternative 3 continues the present use of the facility as a low-level
nuclear waste repository.
(2) Alternative 4 meets a minimum regulatory requirement under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and assures a monitoring baseline for comparing the environmental effects from "action alternatives."
(3) Alternative 5, "Do Nothing," provides a worst-case baseline for comparison with other alternatives. Public comments on previous proposals of this alternative have led DOE and NYSERDA not to consider this alternative as "reasonable," but neither DOE nor NYSERDA have officially rejected it.
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