42 U.S. Code § 10244 - Environmental assessment of sites
(a) In general
(1) Each environmental assessment prepared for a repository site shall include a detailed statement of the probable impacts of characterizing such site and the construction and operation of a repository at such site.
(c) Judicial review
(d) Public hearings
(1) In preparing an environmental assessment for any repository or monitored retrievable storage facility site, the Secretary shall hold public hearings in the vicinity of such site to inform the residents of the area in which such site is located that such site is being considered and to receive their comments.
(2) At such hearings, the Secretary shall solicit and receive any recommendations of such residents with respect to issues that should be addressed in the environmental assessment required under subsection (a) of this section and the site characterization plan described in section 10133 (b)(1) of this title.
(e) Public availability
Each environmental assessment prepared under subsection (a) of this section shall be made available to the public.
(f) Evaluation of sites
(1) In preparing an environmental assessment under subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall use available geophysical, geologic, geochemical and hydrologic, and other information and shall not conduct any preliminary borings or excavations at any site that is the subject of such assessment unless—
(A) such preliminary boring or excavation activities were in progress on or before December 22, 1987; or