Safety and Security


What impact does the 1995 Settlement Agreement between Idaho and DOE have on the UAMPS CFPP?

The Settlement Agreement is an agreement between Idaho and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The agreement sets specific deadlines and milestones for cleaning up and remediating Cold War-era waste practices. If those targets are not met, Idaho can prevent DOE from bringing additional government -owned nuclear fuel to the its Idaho sitefor research or storage.    Because UAMPS, not DOE, will own the fuel for the CFPP project, the Settlement Agreement does not apply to this project. (A copy of the Agreement can be found at:  https://www.deq.idaho.gov/media/550338-1995_Settlement_Agreement.pdf)


Traffic Safety - What will be the impact on traffic on US-20/26?

UAMPS has identified their preferred site within the boundaries of the Idaho National Laboratory.  The 35 acre site is located about six miles south of the Lost River rest stop west of the intersection of U.S. Highways 20 & 26 and due north of EBR-1.  Prior to construction, a traffic study will be conducted to assess the impact of construction and operations on local roads.  This will be reviewed with appropriate local and state authorities.  A traffic impact study is also required to be completed as a part of the environmental impact statement to be prepared by UAMPS as a part of its Construction and Operating License Application.


Construction - What are the impacts on the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes?

UAMPS has identified their preferred site within the boundaries of the Idaho National Laboratory.  The 35 acre site is located about six miles south of the Lost River rest stop west of the intersection of U.S. Highways 20 & 26 and due north of EBR-1.  Impact to cultural resources will be thoroughly evaluated at this preferred location, but there are no known cultural resource concerns at the preferred site.

 The site use permit between UAMPS and DOE requires UAMPS to protect all antiquities on its selected site, which may include Native graves, campsites, relics and artifacts. UAMPS cannot conduct any excavation, digging, drilling or other surface disturbance without first notifying DOE in writing. DOE will ensure that all proposed activity is consistent with numerous legal requirements including historic preservation requirements and cultural resource surveys

 The current use permit also requires UAMPS to exercise reasonable care to preserve native vegetation and protect wildlife on the site. The agreement specifically states that if vegetation must be disturbed, soils shall be replanted or stabilized as appropriate.


DOE and UAMPS are both required to put emergency response plans and personnel in place to respond to numerous postulated emergency events including evaluating potential impact to their respective facilities caused by outside events, such as a gas line explosion. DOE and its contractorspractice emergency response training numerous times each year.   UAMPS will also be required by its NRC license to have appropriately trained emergency response staff on call and to conduct periodic emergency response training and exercises.

What happens if there are simultaneous emergency events at both INL and the NuScale facilities?


UAMPS will be required to develop a security plan as a part of its combined construction and operating license application (COLA).  That plan would include an agreement with the DOE on coordination with the site security plan including provisions for allowing authorized DOE or contractor personnel to access parts of the UAMPS site in the event of an emergency. For national or site emergencies, DOE can notify UAMPS of limitations to its access.

If separate, how will the security forces coordinate?


UAMPS and NuScale summited a regulatory information summary letter to the NRC in June 2015 informing the agency of their intention to submit the NuScale Design Certification Application in late 2016 and UAMPS Combined Operating License Application in the first quarter of 2018.

When will NuScale apply for an NRC design certification and UAMPS apply for its operating license?