Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Fining of No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Whittaker Corporation's Facility in Greenville, PA, 54779-54780 [E5-5084]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 179 / Friday, September 16, 2005 / Notices support of this amendment in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The amendment will be issued following the publication of this Notice. II. EA Summary The purpose of the proposed action is to amend the licensee’s byproduct material license and release its 200 Portage Road facility for unrestricted use. On April 24, 1958, the Atomic Energy Commission authorized the licensee to conduct the radiological operations. The primary radioactive materials used at 200 Portage Road facility were hydrogen-3, carbon-14, phosphorus-32, phosphorus-33, sulfur35, and iodine-125. On June 20, 2005, the licensee submitted a license amendment request to amend its license to release its 200 Portage Road facility for unrestricted use. The licensee has conducted surveys of the facility and provided information to the NRC to demonstrate that the site meets the license termination criteria in 10 CFR 20.1402, ’’Radiological Criteria for Unrestricted Use.’’ The staff has examined the licensee’s request and the information provided in support of its request, including the surveys performed to demonstrate compliance with the release criteria. The staff has found that the environmental impacts from the proposed action are bounded by the impacts evaluated in the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRCLicensed Facilities’’ (NUREG–1496). Based on its review, the staff has determined that there are no additional remediation activities necessary to complete the proposed action and a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate. III. Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the EA, the NRC concluded that there are no significant environmental impacts from the proposed amendment and determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement. IV. Further Information In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC’s ‘‘Rules of Practice,’’ documents related to this action, including the application for amendment and supporting documentation, will be available electronically for public inspection and copying from the Publicly Available VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:04 Sep 15, 2005 Jkt 205001 Records (PARS) of NRC’s document system (ADAMS) accessible from the NRC’s Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/adams.html. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are: ML051740182 for the June 20, 2005, amendment request, and ML052520086 for the EA summarized above. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, (301) 415– 4737, or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public computers located at the NRC’s PDR, O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. Dated at Lisle, Illinois, this 9th day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Jamnes L. Cameron, Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region III. [FR Doc. E5–5085 Filed 9–15–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 040–07455] Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Fining of No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Whittaker Corporation’s Facility in Greenville, PA Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marjorie McLaughlin, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406, telephone (610) 337–5240, fax (610) 337–5269; or by e-mail: mmm3@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance of a license renewal and amendment to Whittaker Corporation for Materials License No. SMA–1018. The proposed action would allow for the continued decontamination and decommissioning of the Whittaker waste storage facility in the Reynolds Industrial Park near Greenville, Pennsylvania. The proposed action also includes NRC approval of site-specific PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54779 dose concentration guideline levels (DCGLs) for use in developing the Decommissioning Plan for the site. NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this action in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. II. EA Summary The purpose of the action is to renew and amend the NRC license for decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Whittaker waste storage facility in Greenville, Pennsylvania. This action allows for the continued characterization and other decommissioning activities at this site, and approves site-specific DCGLs which will define the cleanup criteria for radioactive contaminants. Whittaker Corporation was authorized by NRC from December 15, 1969, to use radioactive materials for minerals processing purposes at the site. Some of the raw materials used in these processes contained licensable quantities of natural thorium or uranium which were concentrated in the waste byproduct. Processing operations utilizing licensable materials ceased in 1975, and decommissioning activities began. A portion of the site was released for unconditional use in 1985. Whittaker Corporation has been maintaining control over the radioactive materials at the remaining site, while developing a plan for remediation. On May 28, 2004, Whittaker Corporation requested renewal of NRC License No. SMA–1018 to allow for the continued D&D of the site. On August 10, 2004, Whittaker Corporation submitted a Dose Assessment of the site to support the use of proposed DCGLs for site contaminants. The dose assessment shows that the site will meet the dosebased License Termination Rule criteria in 10 CFR 20 Subpart E if the contaminants are remediated to the proposed DCGLs. The DCGLs will be incorporated into the Decommissioning Plan being developed by Whittaker Corporation to describe final site remediation activities. The Decommissioning Plan will also be submitted for approval by the NRC, and will be noticed in the Federal Register separately. The NRC staff has prepared an EA in support of the license amendment. The NRC staff has reviewed the dose assessment and the procedures and controls submitted by Whittaker Corporation. Based on its review, the staff has determined that the affected environment associated with D&D at the E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 54780 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 179 / Friday, September 16, 2005 / Notices For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Marie Miller, Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I. [FR Doc. E5–5084 Filed 9–15–05; 8:45 am] Whittaker Corporation’s facility will have no significant environmental impact, and that a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate. III. Finding of No Significant Impact BILLING CODE 7590–01–P The staff has prepared the EA (summarized above) in support of the license renewal and amendment to authorize continued D&D of the Whittaker waste storage facility in Greenville, Pennsylvania. On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that there are no significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. IV. Further Information Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania this 9th day of September, 2005. 15:04 Sep 15, 2005 Notice of Availability of Documents Regarding Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire Scenario Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Documents related to this action, including the application for the license amendment and supporting documentation, are available electronically at the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/adams.html. From this site, you can access the NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this Notice are: The Environmental Assessment [ML052440421], Telephone Log Dated 2/17/05 Re. Questions in Support of License Renewal [ML050490050], Deficiency Response Letter [ML050680314], Revision I of Scientech Document No. 82A9534, ‘‘Dose Assessment in Support of Establishing Derived Concentration Guideline Levels for the Whittaker Decommissioning Site’’, dated August 10, 2004 [ML042310154]. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at (800) 397–4209 or (301) 415–4737, or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. Documents related to operations conducted under this license not specifically referenced in this Notice may not be electronically available and/ or may not be publicly available. Persons who have an interest in reviewing these documents should submit a request to the NRC under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instructions for submitting a FOIA request can be found on the NRC’s Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ foia-privacy.html. VerDate Aug<31>2005 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Jkt 205001 Allen Hansen, Thermal Engineer, Criticality, Shielding and Heat Transfer Section, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20005– 0001. Telephone: (301) 415–1390; Fax number: (301) 415–8555; E-mail: agh@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction Under contract with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory prepared a draft NUREG/CR report, ‘‘Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire (BTF) Scenario.’’ This NUREG/CR documents the thermal analyses of three different spent fuel transportation packages exposed to the BTF scenario: TransNuclear TN–68, Holtec HI-STAR 100 and the NAC LWT. Consequence analyses prepared by the Spent Fuel Project Office staff are also included. The NRC is soliciting public comments on this draft NUREG/CR which will be considered in the final version or subsequent revisions. II. Summary The purpose of this notice is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the Draft NUREG/CR thermal analyses, the consequence analyses and the conclusions. III. Further Information Documents related to this action are available electronically at the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this site, you can access the NRC’s Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 public documents. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are provided in the following table. 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. NUREG/CR Files Spent Fuel Transportation Package Response to the Baltimore Tunnel Fire Scenario .................................. Appendix A—Material Properties for COBRA–SFS Model of TN–68 Package Appendix B—Material Properties for ANSYS Model of HI–STAR 100 Package ..... Appendix C—Material Properties for ANSYS Model of Legal Weight Truck Package .................................... Appendix D—Blackbody View Factors for COBRA– SFS Model of TN–68 Package ............................ Appendix E—HOLTEC HI– STAR 100 Component Temperature Distributions ADAMS accession No. ML052500391 ML052490246 ML052490258 ML052490264 ML052490268 ML052490270 These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public computers located at the NRC’s PDR, O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. Comments and questions on the draft NUREG/CR should be directed to the NRC contact listed below by October 31, 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. Contact: Allen Hansen, Thermal Engineer, Criticality, Shielding and Heat Transfer Section, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20005– 0001. Telephone: (301) 415–1390; fax number: (301) 415–8555; e-mail: agh@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 9th day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. M. Wayne Hodges, Deputy Technical Review Directorate, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. E5–5083 Filed 9–15–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 179 (Friday, September 16, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54779-54780]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-5084]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 040-07455]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Fining of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Whittaker Corporation's 
Facility in Greenville, PA

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marjorie McLaughlin, Decommissioning 
Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale 
Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406, telephone (610) 337-5240, 
fax (610) 337-5269; or by e-mail: mmm3@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the 
issuance of a license renewal and amendment to Whittaker Corporation 
for Materials License No. SMA-1018. The proposed action would allow for 
the continued decontamination and decommissioning of the Whittaker 
waste storage facility in the Reynolds Industrial Park near Greenville, 
Pennsylvania. The proposed action also includes NRC approval of site-
specific dose concentration guideline levels (DCGLs) for use in 
developing the Decommissioning Plan for the site. NRC has prepared an 
Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this action in accordance 
with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has 
concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is 
appropriate.

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the action is to renew and amend the NRC license for 
decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) of the Whittaker waste 
storage facility in Greenville, Pennsylvania. This action allows for 
the continued characterization and other decommissioning activities at 
this site, and approves site-specific DCGLs which will define the 
cleanup criteria for radioactive contaminants. Whittaker Corporation 
was authorized by NRC from December 15, 1969, to use radioactive 
materials for minerals processing purposes at the site. Some of the raw 
materials used in these processes contained licensable quantities of 
natural thorium or uranium which were concentrated in the waste 
byproduct. Processing operations utilizing licensable materials ceased 
in 1975, and decommissioning activities began. A portion of the site 
was released for unconditional use in 1985. Whittaker Corporation has 
been maintaining control over the radioactive materials at the 
remaining site, while developing a plan for remediation. On May 28, 
2004, Whittaker Corporation requested renewal of NRC License No. SMA-
1018 to allow for the continued D&D of the site. On August 10, 2004, 
Whittaker Corporation submitted a Dose Assessment of the site to 
support the use of proposed DCGLs for site contaminants. The dose 
assessment shows that the site will meet the dose-based License 
Termination Rule criteria in 10 CFR 20 Subpart E if the contaminants 
are remediated to the proposed DCGLs. The DCGLs will be incorporated 
into the Decommissioning Plan being developed by Whittaker Corporation 
to describe final site remediation activities. The Decommissioning Plan 
will also be submitted for approval by the NRC, and will be noticed in 
the Federal Register separately.
    The NRC staff has prepared an EA in support of the license 
amendment. The NRC staff has reviewed the dose assessment and the 
procedures and controls submitted by Whittaker Corporation. Based on 
its review, the staff has determined that the affected environment 
associated with D&D at the

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Whittaker Corporation's facility will have no significant environmental 
impact, and that a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The staff has prepared the EA (summarized above) in support of the 
license renewal and amendment to authorize continued D&D of the 
Whittaker waste storage facility in Greenville, Pennsylvania. On the 
basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that there are no significant 
environmental impacts from the proposed action, and has determined not 
to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action.

IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for the 
license amendment and supporting documentation, are available 
electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this site, you can access the 
NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which 
provides text and image files of NRC's public documents. The ADAMS 
accession numbers for the documents related to this Notice are: The 
Environmental Assessment [ML052440421], Telephone Log Dated 2/17/05 Re. 
Questions in Support of License Renewal [ML050490050], Deficiency 
Response Letter [ML050680314], Revision I of Scientech Document No. 
82A9534, ``Dose Assessment in Support of Establishing Derived 
Concentration Guideline Levels for the Whittaker Decommissioning 
Site'', dated August 10, 2004 [ML042310154]. Persons who do not have 
access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents 
located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by 
telephone at (800) 397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to 
pdr@nrc.gov.
    Documents related to operations conducted under this license not 
specifically referenced in this Notice may not be electronically 
available and/or may not be publicly available. Persons who have an 
interest in reviewing these documents should submit a request to the 
NRC under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instructions for 
submitting a FOIA request can be found on the NRC's Web site at http://
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia-privacy.html.

    Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania this 9th day of 
September, 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Marie Miller,
Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, 
Region I.
[FR Doc. E5-5084 Filed 9-15-05; 8:45 am]
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