USEC Inc.'s Proposed American Centrifuge Plant; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement, 53396-53398 [E5-4878]

Download as PDF 53396 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 173 / Thursday, September 8, 2005 / Notices This meeting will be open to the SUMMARY: The NRC has recently submitted to OMB for review the following proposal for the collection of MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: information under the provisions of the Wednesday, September 14, 2005, Open Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 Session. U.S.C. Chapter 35). The NRC hereby informs potential respondents that an Open Session (11 a.m. to 12 noon) agency may not conduct or sponsor, and Discussion of Draft Report of NSB that a person is not required to respond examination of the NSF Merit Review to, a collection of information unless it System. displays a current valid OMB control FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. number. Michael P. Crosby, Executive Officer 1. Type of submission, new, revision, and NSB Office Director, (703) 292– or extension: Extension. 7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb. 2. The title of the information collection: NRC Form 313, ‘‘Application Michael P. Crosby, for Material License’’; and NRC Form Executive Officer and NSB Office Director. 313A, ‘‘Training and Experience and [FR Doc. 05–17948 Filed 9–6–05; 3:46 pm] Preceptor Statement.’’ BILLING CODE 7555–01–M 3. The form number if applicable: NRC Form 313 and NRC Form 313A. 4. How often the collection is NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION required: There is a one-time submittal of information to receive a license. Once Sunshine Act; Meeting a specific license has been issued, there is a 10-year resubmittal of the AGENCY HOLDING MEETING: National information for renewal of the license. Science Board; Programs and Plans 5. Who will be required or asked to Committee. report: All applicants requesting a DATE AND TIME: September 13, 2005, license for byproduct or source material. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. (e.t.). 6. An estimate of the number of PLACE: National Science Foundation, responses: 3074 new, amendment, and 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA renewal applications to NRC; 12,840 22230, Public Meeting Room 110. new, amendment, and renewal STATUS: This meeting will be open to the applications to Agreement States, for a public. total of 15,914 responses. 7. The estimated number of annual MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: respondents: 15,914 (3,074 NRC Tuesday, September 13, 2005, Open licensees + 12,840 Agreement State Session. licensees). 8. An estimate of the number of hours Open Session (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) needed annually to complete the • Review of NSF Draft requirement or request: 70,022 (13,526 Cyberinfrastructure Document. hours for NRC licensees and 56,496 • Open Discussion and Comments. hours for Agreement State licensees). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. 9. An indication of whether Section Michael P. Crosby, Executive Officer 3507(d), Pub. L. 104–13 applies: Not and NSB Office Director, (703) 292– applicable. 7000, http://www.nsf.gov/nsb. 10. Abstract: Applicants must submit NRC Forms 313 and 313A to obtain a Michael P. Crosby, specific license to possess, use, or Executive Officer and NSB Office Director. distribute byproduct or source material. [FR Doc. 05–17951 Filed 9–6–05; 3:46 pm] The information is reviewed by the NRC BILLING CODE 7555–01–P to determine whether the applicant is qualified by training and experience, and has equipment, facilities, and NUCLEAR REGULATORY procedures which are adequate to COMMISSION protect the public health and safety, and minimize danger to life or property. Agency Information Collection A copy of the final supporting Activities: Submission for the Office of statement may be viewed free of charge Management and Budget (OMB) at the NRC Public Document Room, One Review; Comment Request White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Room O–1 F23, Rockville, MD AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 20852. OMB clearance requests are Commission (NRC). available at the NRC worldwide Web ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of site: http://www.nrc.gov/public-involve/ information collection and solicitation doc-comment/omb/index.html. The of public comment. document will be available on the NRC STATUS: public. VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:25 Sep 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00066 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Home page site for 60 days after the signature date of this notice. Comments and questions should be directed to the OMB reviewer listed below by October 11, 2005. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but assurance of consideration cannot be given to comments received after this date. John Asalone, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (3150–0120), NEOB–10202, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Comments can also be e-mailed to John_A._Asalone@omb.eop.gov or submitted by telephone at (202) 395– 4650. The NRC Clearance Officer is Brenda Jo Shelton, 301–415–7233. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Beth St. Mary, Acting NRC Clearance Officer, Office of Information Services. [FR Doc. E5–4877 Filed 9–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 70–7004] USEC Inc.’s Proposed American Centrifuge Plant; Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the USEC Inc. (USEC) license application, dated August 23, 2004, for the possession and use of source, byproduct and special nuclear materials at its proposed American Centrifuge Plant (ACP) located near Piketon, Ohio. The DEIS is being issued as part of the NRC’s decision-making process on whether to issue a license to USEC, pursuant to Title 10 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Parts 30, 40, and 70. The scope of activities conducted under the license would include the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the ACP. Specifically, USEC proposes to use gas centrifuge technology to enrich the uranium-235 isotope found in natural uranium up to 10-weight percent. The enriched uranium would be used to E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 173 / Thursday, September 8, 2005 / Notices manufacture nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. The NRC staff will hold a public meeting to present an overview of the DEIS and to accept oral and written public comments. The meeting date, time and location are listed below: Meeting Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005. Meeting Location: Vern Riffe Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver Creek Road, Piketon, OH 45661. Informal Open House: 6–7 p.m. DEIS Comment Meeting: 7–9:45 p.m. Prior to the public meeting, the NRC staff will be available to informally discuss the proposed USEC project and answer questions in an ‘‘open house’’ format. This ‘‘open house’’’ format provides for one-on-one discussions with the NRC staff involved with the preparation of the DEIS. The DEIS meeting officially begins at 7 p.m. and will include: (1) A presentation summarizing the contents of the DEIS and (2) an opportunity for interested government agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments on the DEIS. This portion of the meeting will be transcribed by a court reporter. Persons wishing to provide oral comments will be asked to register at the meeting entrance. Individual oral comments may have to be limited by the time available, depending upon the number of persons who register. If special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or present information at the public meeting, the need should be brought to the attention of Mr. Matthew Blevins no later than September 22, 2005, to provide NRC staff with adequate notice to determine whether the request can be accommodated. Please note that comments do not have to be provided at the public meeting and may be submitted at any time throughout the comment period, through October 24, 2005, as described in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this notice. DATES: The public comment period on the DEIS begins with publication of this notice and continues until October 24, 2005. Written comments should be submitted as described in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Comments submitted by mail should be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practical. A public meeting to discuss the DEIS will be held on September 29 as described in the SUMMARY section of this notice. ADDRESSES: Members of the public are invited and encouraged to submit comments to the Chief, Rules Review VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:25 Sep 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 and Directives Branch, Mail Stop T6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. Please note Docket No. 70–7004 when submitting comments. Comments will also be accepted by e-mail at NRCREP@nrc.gov or by facsimile to (301) 415–5397, Attention: Mr. Matthew Blevins. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions related to the safety review or overall licensing of the USEC facility, please contact Mr. Yawar Faraz at at (301) 415–8113. For environmental review questions, please contact Mr. Matthew Blevins at (301) 415–7684. The DEIS may be accessed on the Internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/nuregs/staff/ by selecting ‘‘NUREG–1834.’’ Additionally, the NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. The DEIS and its appendices may also be accessed through the NRC’s Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737 or by e-mail to PDR@nrc.gov. The DEIS is also available for inspection at the Commission’s Public Document Room, U.S. NRC’s Headquarters Building, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Upon written request and to the extent supplies are available, a single copy of the DEIS can be obtained for a fee by writing to the Office of Information Services, Reproduction and Distribution Services Branch, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; by electronic mail at DISTRIBUTION@nrc.gov; or by fax at (301) 415–2289. A selected group of documents associated with the USEC facility may also be obtained from the Internet on NRC’s USEC Web page: http:// www.nrc.gov/materials/fuel-cycle-fac/ usecfacility.html. In addition, all comments of Federal, State and local agencies, Indian tribes or other interested persons will be made available for public inspection when received. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This DEIS was prepared in response to an application submitted by USEC dated August 23, 2004, for the possession and use of source, byproduct and special nuclear materials at its proposed ACP PO 00000 Frm 00067 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53397 located near Piketon, Ohio. The DEIS for the proposed ACP was prepared by the NRC staff and its contractor, ICF Consulting, Inc., in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the NRC’s regulations for implementing NEPA (10 CFR Part 51). The DEIS is being issued as part of the NRC’s decision-making process on whether to issue a license to USEC, pursuant to Title 10 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Parts 30, 40, and 70. The scope of activities conducted under the license would include the construction, operation, and decommissioning of the ACP. Specifically, USEC proposes to use gas centrifuge technology to enrich the uranium-235 isotope found in natural uranium up to 10-weight percent. The enriched uranium would be used to manufacture nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors. USEC proposes to locate the ACP in leased portions of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reservation in Piketon, OH. This is the same site as DOE’s Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The ACP would consist of refurbished existing facilities and newly constructed facilities, primarily located in the southwestern portion of the central DOE reservation. The NRC staff published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for the proposed ACP and to conduct a scoping process, in the Federal Register on October 15, 2004 (69 FR 61268). The NRC staff accepted comments through February 1, 2005, and subsequently issued a Scoping Summary Report in April 2005 (ADAMS Accession Number: ML050820008). The DEIS describes the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action, including the noaction alternative. The NRC staff assesses the impacts of the proposed action and its alternatives on public and occupational health, air quality, water resources, waste management, geology and soils, noise, ecology resources, land use, transportation, historical and cultural resources, visual and scenic resources, socioeconomics, accidents and environmental justice. Additionally, the DEIS analyzes and compares the costs and benefits of the proposed action. Based on the preliminary evaluation in the DEIS, the NRC environmental review staff has concluded that the proposed action would have small effects on the physical environment and human communities with the exception of: (1) Short-term moderate impacts associated with increases in particulate matter released to the air during the construction phase, (2) short-term moderate impacts related to increased E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 53398 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 173 / Thursday, September 8, 2005 / Notices traffic congestion during the construction phase, (3) potential moderate impacts due to transportation accidents, (4) potential moderate impacts from facility operation accidents, (5) moderate impacts associated with a potential operating extension of the DOE depleted uranium tails conversion facility, and (6) moderate employment impacts on the local communities associated with the construction and operation phases. After weighing the impacts, costs, and benefits of the proposed action and comparing alternatives, the NRC staff, in accordance with 10 CFR 51.71(e), set forth their preliminary recommendation regarding the proposed action. The NRC staff recommend that, unless safety issues mandate otherwise, the action called for is the approval of the proposed action (i.e., issue a license). The DEIS is a preliminary analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed action and its alternatives. The Final EIS and any decision documentation regarding the proposed action will not be issued until public comments on the DEIS have been received and evaluated. Notice of the availability of the Final EIS will be published in the Federal Register. The NRC staff in the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards are currently completing the safety review for USEC’s license application and is currently scheduled for completion in the Spring of 2006. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of August, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Scott C. Flanders, Deputy Director, Environmental and Performance Assessment Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. E5–4878 Filed 9–7–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET Acquisition Advisory Panel; Notification of Upcoming Meetings of the Acquisition Advisory Panel Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President. ACTION: Notice of Federal advisory committee meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Office of Management and Budget announces a meeting of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (AAP or ‘‘Panel’’) established in accordance with VerDate Aug<18>2005 15:25 Sep 07, 2005 Jkt 205001 the Services Acquisition Reform Act of 2003. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 70-7004]


USEC Inc.'s Proposed American Centrifuge Plant; Notice of 
Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) is issuing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement 
(DEIS) for the USEC Inc. (USEC) license application, dated August 23, 
2004, for the possession and use of source, byproduct and special 
nuclear materials at its proposed American Centrifuge Plant (ACP) 
located near Piketon, Ohio.
    The DEIS is being issued as part of the NRC's decision-making 
process on whether to issue a license to USEC, pursuant to Title 10 of 
the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Parts 30, 40, and 70. The scope of 
activities conducted under the license would include the construction, 
operation, and decommissioning of the ACP. Specifically, USEC proposes 
to use gas centrifuge technology to enrich the uranium-235 isotope 
found in natural uranium up to 10-weight percent. The enriched uranium 
would be used to

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manufacture nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power reactors.
    The NRC staff will hold a public meeting to present an overview of 
the DEIS and to accept oral and written public comments. The meeting 
date, time and location are listed below:
    Meeting Date: Thursday, September 29, 2005.
    Meeting Location: Vern Riffe Career Technology Center, 175 Beaver 
Creek Road, Piketon, OH 45661.
    Informal Open House: 6-7 p.m.
    DEIS Comment Meeting: 7-9:45 p.m.
    Prior to the public meeting, the NRC staff will be available to 
informally discuss the proposed USEC project and answer questions in an 
``open house'' format. This ``open house''' format provides for one-on-
one discussions with the NRC staff involved with the preparation of the 
DEIS. The DEIS meeting officially begins at 7 p.m. and will include: 
(1) A presentation summarizing the contents of the DEIS and (2) an 
opportunity for interested government agencies, organizations, and 
individuals to provide comments on the DEIS. This portion of the 
meeting will be transcribed by a court reporter. Persons wishing to 
provide oral comments will be asked to register at the meeting 
entrance. Individual oral comments may have to be limited by the time 
available, depending upon the number of persons who register. If 
special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or present 
information at the public meeting, the need should be brought to the 
attention of Mr. Matthew Blevins no later than September 22, 2005, to 
provide NRC staff with adequate notice to determine whether the request 
can be accommodated. Please note that comments do not have to be 
provided at the public meeting and may be submitted at any time 
throughout the comment period, through October 24, 2005, as described 
in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections of this notice.

DATES: The public comment period on the DEIS begins with publication of 
this notice and continues until October 24, 2005. Written comments 
should be submitted as described in the ADDRESSES section of this 
notice. Comments submitted by mail should be postmarked by that date to 
ensure consideration. Comments received or postmarked after that date 
will be considered to the extent practical. A public meeting to discuss 
the DEIS will be held on September 29 as described in the SUMMARY 
section of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Members of the public are invited and encouraged to submit 
comments to the Chief, Rules Review and Directives Branch, Mail Stop 
T6-D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. 
Please note Docket No. 70-7004 when submitting comments. Comments will 
also be accepted by e-mail at NRCREP@nrc.gov or by facsimile to (301) 
415-5397, Attention: Mr. Matthew Blevins.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions related to the safety 
review or overall licensing of the USEC facility, please contact Mr. 
Yawar Faraz at at (301) 415-8113. For environmental review questions, 
please contact Mr. Matthew Blevins at (301) 415-7684.
    The DEIS may be accessed on the Internet at: http://www.nrc.gov/
reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/ by selecting ``NUREG-1834.'' 
Additionally, the NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC's 
public documents. The DEIS and its appendices may also be accessed 
through the NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at 
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. If you do not have access to 
ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in 
ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-
800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 or by e-mail to PDR@nrc.gov.
    The DEIS is also available for inspection at the Commission's 
Public Document Room, U.S. NRC's Headquarters Building, 11555 Rockville 
Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Upon written request and to 
the extent supplies are available, a single copy of the DEIS can be 
obtained for a fee by writing to the Office of Information Services, 
Reproduction and Distribution Services Branch, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; by electronic mail at 
DISTRIBUTION@nrc.gov; or by fax at (301) 415-2289.
    A selected group of documents associated with the USEC facility may 
also be obtained from the Internet on NRC's USEC Web page: http://
www.nrc.gov/materials/fuel-cycle-fac/usecfacility.html. In addition, 
all comments of Federal, State and local agencies, Indian tribes or 
other interested persons will be made available for public inspection 
when received.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This DEIS was prepared in response to an 
application submitted by USEC dated August 23, 2004, for the possession 
and use of source, byproduct and special nuclear materials at its 
proposed ACP located near Piketon, Ohio. The DEIS for the proposed ACP 
was prepared by the NRC staff and its contractor, ICF Consulting, Inc., 
in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the 
NRC's regulations for implementing NEPA (10 CFR Part 51).
    The DEIS is being issued as part of the NRC's decision-making 
process on whether to issue a license to USEC, pursuant to Title 10 of 
the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations Parts 30, 40, and 70. The scope of 
activities conducted under the license would include the construction, 
operation, and decommissioning of the ACP. Specifically, USEC proposes 
to use gas centrifuge technology to enrich the uranium-235 isotope 
found in natural uranium up to 10-weight percent. The enriched uranium 
would be used to manufacture nuclear fuel for commercial nuclear power 
reactors. USEC proposes to locate the ACP in leased portions of the 
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) reservation in Piketon, OH. This is the 
same site as DOE's Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The ACP would 
consist of refurbished existing facilities and newly constructed 
facilities, primarily located in the southwestern portion of the 
central DOE reservation.
    The NRC staff published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for 
the proposed ACP and to conduct a scoping process, in the Federal 
Register on October 15, 2004 (69 FR 61268). The NRC staff accepted 
comments through February 1, 2005, and subsequently issued a Scoping 
Summary Report in April 2005 (ADAMS Accession Number: ML050820008). The 
DEIS describes the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed 
action, including the no-action alternative. The NRC staff assesses the 
impacts of the proposed action and its alternatives on public and 
occupational health, air quality, water resources, waste management, 
geology and soils, noise, ecology resources, land use, transportation, 
historical and cultural resources, visual and scenic resources, 
socioeconomics, accidents and environmental justice. Additionally, the 
DEIS analyzes and compares the costs and benefits of the proposed 
action.
    Based on the preliminary evaluation in the DEIS, the NRC 
environmental review staff has concluded that the proposed action would 
have small effects on the physical environment and human communities 
with the exception of: (1) Short-term moderate impacts associated with 
increases in particulate matter released to the air during the 
construction phase, (2) short-term moderate impacts related to 
increased

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traffic congestion during the construction phase, (3) potential 
moderate impacts due to transportation accidents, (4) potential 
moderate impacts from facility operation accidents, (5) moderate 
impacts associated with a potential operating extension of the DOE 
depleted uranium tails conversion facility, and (6) moderate employment 
impacts on the local communities associated with the construction and 
operation phases.
    After weighing the impacts, costs, and benefits of the proposed 
action and comparing alternatives, the NRC staff, in accordance with 10 
CFR 51.71(e), set forth their preliminary recommendation regarding the 
proposed action. The NRC staff recommend that, unless safety issues 
mandate otherwise, the action called for is the approval of the 
proposed action (i.e., issue a license). The DEIS is a preliminary 
analysis of the environmental impacts of the proposed action and its 
alternatives. The Final EIS and any decision documentation regarding 
the proposed action will not be issued until public comments on the 
DEIS have been received and evaluated. Notice of the availability of 
the Final EIS will be published in the Federal Register.
    The NRC staff in the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards 
are currently completing the safety review for USEC's license 
application and is currently scheduled for completion in the Spring of 
2006.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of August, 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Scott C. Flanders,
Deputy Director, Environmental and Performance Assessment Directorate, 
Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of 
Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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