Current Navy policy requires dismantlement of all nuclear-powered ships and disposal of their propulsion plants.
However, items of historical significance have been removed from ex-Enterprise. While mementos of the ship are not available to individual members of the public, items of historical value and significance have been provided to the Naval Historical Heritage Command for appropriate dissemination.
Ex-Enterprise has already been defueled, removing over 99.9 percent of the radioactivity from the ship’s nuclear propulsion plants. The majority (approximately 99 percent) of the small amount of radioactivity that remains in the ship is fixed in place within the rugged metal structure of the reactor vessel. The remaining radioactivity is metal corrosion and wear products resident within piping systems, components, and within the reactor plant areas. In accordance with federal regulations, this radioactivity is classified as low-level radioactivity. The Navy and commercial nuclear industry have decades of experience demonstrating safe and environmentally sound handling and disposal of such low-level radioactive waste.
For each of the alternatives, radioactive waste packaging and shipping would meet applicable state and federal regulatory requirements
Yes. The Navy was committed to facilitating public, stakeholder, and tribal input and dialogue throughout the development of the EIS/OEIS to ensure a complete environmental analysis and informed decision-making. The completion of the Final EIS/OEIS follows years of research, analysis, and public involvement.
The Navy held four public scoping meetings in 2019 and, based on public comments received, opened an additional scoping period in 2020 to include Mobile, Alabama in the Study Area as another location for consideration. Following the release of the Draft EIS/OEIS in 2022, the Navy held two virtual public meetings to provide information and answer questions from the public about the draft environmental impact analysis.
The Final EIS/OEIS includes Navy responses to comments received during the Draft EIS/OEIS public review and comment period. Changes made in the Final EIS/OEIS reflect the Navy’s consideration of all substantive comments received on the Draft EIS/OEIS; information provided during consultation processes; and new, relevant information since the release of the Draft EIS/OEIS.
Consistent with Navy policy, this EIS is considered an OEIS because the movement of ex-Enterprise, the center section of the ship, or the reactor compartment disposal packages could be beyond the 12-nautical-mile limit from U.S. shores. However, there is no intention to dismantle or dispose of ex-Enterprise at an overseas site.