Accession Number:

ADA248408

Title:

Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Space Nuclear Thermal Propulsion (SNTP) Program. Sanitized Version

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE BROOKS AFB TX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-09-19

Pagination or Media Count:

338.0

Abstract:

A program has been proposed to develop the technology and demonstrate the feasibility of a high-temperature particle bed reactor PBR propulsion system to be used to power an advanced second stage nuclear rocket engine. The purpose of this Final Environmental Impact Statement FEIS is to assess the potential environmental impacts of component development and testing, construction of ground test facilities, and ground testing. Major issues and goals of the program include the achievement and control of predicted nuclear power levels the development of materials that can withstand the extremely high operating temperatures and hydrogen flow environments and the reliable control of cryogenic hydrogen and hot gaseous hydrogen propellant. The testing process is designed to minimize radiation exposure to the environment. Environmental impact and mitigation planning are included for the following areas of concern 1 Population and economy 2 Land use and infrastructure 3 Noise 4 Cultural resources 5 Safety non-nuclear 6 Waste 7 Topography 8 Geology 9 Seismic activity 10 Water resources 11 MeteorologyAir quality 12 Biological resources 13 Radiological normal operations 14 Radiological accidents 15 Soils and 16 Wildlife habitats.

Subject Categories:

  • Nuclear Power Plants and Fission Reactor Engineering
  • Nuclear Propulsion
  • Rocket Engines
  • Air Pollution and Control
  • Water Pollution and Control
  • Radiation Pollution and Control
  • Environmental Health and Safety

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE