(a) In general
(c) Judicial review
(d) Public hearings
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.
(e) Public availability
Each environmental assessment prepared under subsection (a) shall be made available to the public.
(f) Evaluation of sites
(1) In preparing an environmental assessment under subsection (a), 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—
such preliminary boring or excavation activities were in progress on or before December 22, 1987; or
the Secretary certifies that, in the absence of preliminary borings or excavations, adequate information will not be available to satisfy the requirements of this chapter or any other law.
No preliminary boring or excavation conducted under this section shall exceed a diameter of 40 inches.