U.S. Department of Energy Extends Public Comment Period for Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Versatile Test Reactor
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has extended the public review and comment period for the Draft Versatile Test Reactor Environmental Impact Statement (DOE/EIS-0542) through March 2, 2021.
DOE issued the Draft Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) EIS for public review and comment on December 21, 2020. The Draft document identifies Idaho National Laboratory (INL) as DOE’s preferred location for the VTR. DOE’s VTR is a proposed sodium-cooled fast-neutron-spectrum test reactor that will enhance and accelerate research, development, and demonstration of innovative nuclear energy technologies.
The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft VTR EIS. Written comments on the Draft VTR EIS should be sent by email to VTR.EIS@nuclear.energy.gov,
or by mail to Mr. James Lovejoy, Document Manager, at: U.S. Department of Energy, Idaho Operations Office, 1955 Fremont Avenue, MS 1235, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83415. The Draft VTR EIS is available for review at the DOE Nuclear Energy website (https://www.energy.gov/ne/nuclear-reactor-technologies/versatile-test-reactor) or the DOE National Environmental Policy Act website (https://www.energy.gov/nepa).
The Department will make a final decision regarding the VTR following the completion and publication of a Final EIS and a Record of Decision.