Dear SM-1A Stakeholders,
Our Team is continuing make progress on the decommissioning planning efforts. The Final Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact should be published by the end of June. The final documents incorporate comments received during the public comment period. Your feedback, along with comments from Alaska state agencies and the U.S. Environmental PA have been reviewed and incorporated into the Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact.
Additionally, USACE, the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office and Consulting Parties are working to finalize a National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement for SM-1A that outlines how the history of SM-1A and its unique artic mission will be preserved. This agreement is a joint effort between USACE, the Alaska State Historic Preservation Office, and US Army Garrison Alaska Fort Greely, plus consulting parties which include the City of Delta Junction and Nuke Digest. The Memorandum of Agreement is expected to be completed in June 2021. It will be included as an appendix to the Final Environmental Assessment.
Other key components of the project are moving forward, as well. The project team has started the procurement process for the decommissioning and dismantlement of the SM-1A, while adhering to the strictest standards of public and worker safety, environmental protection, and fiscal responsibility. The team anticipates the release of a Request for Proposal by this summer. The target award date for this procurement is summer of 2022.
The team is also working with Defense Logistics Agency, Fort Greely staff, and Doyon Utilities to implement the separation of utilities between the north and south end of Building 606 which houses the SM-1A reactor. This portion of the project must be implemented prior to decommissioning activities to ensure the USACE team can safely execute our project.
As a reminder, the team has limited abilities to host site visits, so we have prepared a virtual tour of the site to allow everyone to see the site firsthand. The video is available for viewing on YouTube.
We appreciate your continued interest in the SM-1A project. if you have any questions and/or concerns regarding the SM-1A project, please feel free to reach out to us at CENAB-SM1A@usace.army.mil.