Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Regarding a Proposed License No. 24-00889-01 Amendment for Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 55177-55178 [05-18664]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 20, 2005 / Notices NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 030–02286] Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact Regarding a Proposed License No. 24–00889–01 Amendment for Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Issuance of environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Bonano, Health Physicist, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Material Safety, Region III, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2443 Warrenville Road, Lisle, Illinois 60532; Telephone: (630) 829–9826; fax number: (630) 515–1259; e-mail: gab1@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance of an amendment to Material License No. 24– 00889–01 to authorize Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri (the licensee), to release from its license the Medical Plaza I Building at 4320 Wornall Road, and the DicksonDiveley Laboratory at 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri for unrestricted use. The NRC has prepared this Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this proposed action in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 51. Based on this EA, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. I. Environmental Assessment Identification of the Proposed Action The proposed action would approve the licensee’s request to amend its license to release the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory from its license for unrestricted use in accordance with 10 CFR part 20, subpart E. The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee’s December 1, 2004 (ML052510691) and June 21, 2005 (ML052510686) request to release its Medical Plaza I Building and DicksonDiveley Laboratory for unrestricted use. Both facilities are listed under Saint Luke’s Material License Number 24– 00889–01. Saint Luke’s Hospital is authorized to use byproduct material for medical research. The licensee transferred all licensed material from the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory to its VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Sep 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 radioactive waste storage area in the main hospital building. The main hospital building is under the same radioactive materials license. The licensee also transferred materials to the Mayo Clinic Rochester [License No. 22– 00519–03], and shipped material for disposal through Adco Services, Inc. [IL–01347–01], and GTS Duratek [R– 73008–E94]. The licensee identified two isotopes, which are listed in the license, with half-lives greater than 120 days (hydrogen–3, and carbon–14), which had been used at the Medical Plaza I Building and Dickson-Diveley Laboratory facilities. The licensee conducted surveys of the facilities and provided information to the NRC to demonstrate that the radiological condition of the buildings is consistent with criteria specified in 10 CFR part 20, subpart E for unrestricted use. No radiological remediation activities are required to complete the proposed action. Need for the Proposed Action The licensee is requesting this license amendment because it no longer plans to conduct NRC-licensed activities at the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory. The NRC is fulfilling its responsibilities under the Atomic Energy Act to make a decision on the proposed action for decommissioning that ensures that residual radioactivity is reduced to a level that is protective of the public health and safety and the environment. Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC staff reviewed the information provided and surveys performed by Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City to demonstrate that the release of the Medical Plaza I Building, 4320 Wornall Road, and the DicksonDiveley Laboratory, 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri facilities comply with radiological criteria for unrestricted use in 10 CFR 20.1402. Based on its review, the staff has determined that the radiological environmental impacts from the proposed action are bounded by the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed Nuclear Facilities’’ (NUREG–1496). Additionally, no non-radiological or cumulative impacts were identified. Therefore, the NRC has determined that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55177 Alternatives to the Proposed Action The only alternative to the proposed action of releasing the facilities for unrestricted use is to take no action. Under the no-action alternative, the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory facilities would remain under an NRC license and would not be released for unrestricted use. Denial of the license amendment request would result in no change to current conditions at the facilities. The no-action alternative is not acceptable because it is inconsistent with the NRC’s Timeliness Rule, 10 CFR Part 30.36, ‘‘Expiration and Termination of Licenses and Decommissioning of Sites and Separate Buildings or Outdoor Areas,’’ which requires licensees who have ceased licensed activities to request termination of their radioactive materials license. This alternative also would impose an unnecessary regulatory burden and limit potential benefits from future uses of the facilities. Conclusion The NRC staff concluded that the proposed action is consistent with the NRC’s unrestricted use specified in 10 CFR part 20, subpart E. Since the proposed action will not significantly impact the quality of the human environment, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed action is the preferred alternative. Agencies and Persons Consulted The NRC staff has determined that the proposed action will not affect listed species or critical habitats. Therefore, no further consultation is required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. Likewise, the NRC staff has determined that the proposed action is not a type of activity that has potential to cause effect on historic properties. Therefore, consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act is not required. The NRC consulted with the Missouri Section for Environmental Public Health, Department of Health and Senior Services. The Missouri Section for Environmental Public Health was provided with the draft EA for comment on September 6, 2005. The State reviewed the EA and responded back to the NRC on September 7, 2005, and did not have any additional comments. II. Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the EA in support of the proposed license amendment to release the facilities for unrestricted use, the NRC has determined that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 55178 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 20, 2005 / Notices human environment. Thus, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. Further Information 1. McPhee, Mark, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, letter to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, December 1, 2004 (ML052510691). 2. Decommissioning Report (Final Status Survey Report), Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, Medical Plaza I Building, 4320 Wornall Road, and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory, 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri facilities, June 21, 2005 (ML052510686). 3. Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City Conversation Record, dated September 2, 2005 (ML052510698). 4. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ‘‘Environmental Review Guidance for Licensing Actions Associated with NMSS Programs,’’ NUREG–1748, August 2003. 5. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed Nuclear Facilities,’’ NUREG–1496, August 1994. 6. NRC, NUREG–1757, ‘‘Consolidated NMSS Decommissioning Guidance,’’ Volumes 1–3, September 2003. 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 (800) 397–4209, (301)415–4737 or by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. 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 12th day of September 2005. Jamnes L. Cameron, Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, RIII. [FR Doc. 05–18664 Filed 9–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Meeting Notice U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will convene a meeting of VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Sep 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI) on October 25 and 26, 2005. A sample of agenda items to be discussed during the public sessions includes: (1) Discussion of the Energy policy Act of 2005, which provides for NRC regulation of accelerator-produced radioactive material and discrete sources of Ra–226; (2) Status of Specialty Board applications for NRC recognition; (3) Electronic signature in written directives; (4) Revision of NRC Form 313A; (5) RIS on dose control and assessment; (6) Review of the medical events definition commission paper. To review the agenda, see http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/acmui/agenda/ or contact, via e-mail MSS@nrc.gov. Purpose: Discuss issues related to 10 CFR part 35, Medical Use of Byproduct Material. Date and Time for Closed Session Meeting: October 25, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. This session will be closed so that NRC staff can brief the ACMUI on discussing information relating solely to internal personnel rules. Dates and Times for Public Meetings: October 25, 2005, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and October 26, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address for Public Meetings: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Two White Flint North Building, Room T2B3, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852–2738. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mohammad S. Saba, telephone (301) 415–7608; e-mail MSS@nrc.gov of the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001. Conduct of the Meeting Leon S. Malmud, M.D., will chair the meeting. Dr. Malmud will conduct the meeting in a manner that will facilitate the orderly conduct of business. The following procedures apply to public participation in the meeting: 1. Persons who wish to provide a written statement should submit a reproducible copy to Mohammad S. Saba, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mail Stop T8F03, Washington, DC 20555. Submittals must be postmarked by October 3, 2005 and must pertain to the topics on the agenda for the meeting. 2. Questions from members of the public will be permitted during the meeting, at the discretion of the Chairman. 3. The transcript and written comments will be available for inspection on NRC’s Web site (http:// PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 www.nrc.gov) and at the NRC Public Document Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852–2738, telephone (800) 397–4209, on or about January 26, 2006. This meeting will be held in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (primarily Section 161a); the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App); and the Commission’s regulations in Title 10, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 7. 4. Attendees are requested to notify Mohammad S. Saba at (301) 415–7608 of their planned attendance if special services, such as for the hearing impaired, are necessary. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 14th day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Andrew L. Bates, Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 05–18652 Filed 9–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings Weeks of September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 2005. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. STATUS: Public and Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: DATES: Week of September 19, 2005 There are no meetings scheduled for the Week of September 19, 2005. Week of September 26, 2005—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the Week of September 26, 2005. Week of October 3, 2005—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the Week of October 3, 2005. Week of October 10, 2005—Tentative There are no meetings scheduled for the Week of October 10, 2005. Week of October 17, 2005—Tentative Tuesday, October 18, 2005 9:30 a.m. Briefing on Decommissioning Activities and Status (Public Meeting) This meeting will be webcast live at the Web address—http:// www.nrc.gov. Week of October 25, 2005—Tentative Wednesday, October 26, 2005 1:30 p.m. Discussion of Security Issues (Closed—Ex. 1) E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 030-02286]


Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact Regarding a Proposed License No. 24-00889-01 
Amendment for Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Issuance of environmental assessment and finding of no 
significant impact.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene Bonano, Health Physicist, 
Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Material Safety, Region 
III, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2443 Warrenville Road, Lisle, 
Illinois 60532; Telephone: (630) 829-9826; fax number: (630) 515-1259; 
e-mail: gab1@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is 
considering the issuance of an amendment to Material License No. 24-
00889-01 to authorize Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Kansas 
City, Missouri (the licensee), to release from its license the Medical 
Plaza I Building at 4320 Wornall Road, and the Dickson-Diveley 
Laboratory at 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri for 
unrestricted use. The NRC has prepared this Environmental Assessment 
(EA) in support of this proposed action in accordance with the 
requirements of 10 CFR Part 51. Based on this EA, the NRC has 
determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is 
appropriate.

I. Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would approve the licensee's request to amend 
its license to release the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-
Diveley Laboratory from its license for unrestricted use in accordance 
with 10 CFR part 20, subpart E. The proposed action is in accordance 
with the licensee's December 1, 2004 (ML052510691) and June 21, 2005 
(ML052510686) request to release its Medical Plaza I Building and 
Dickson-Diveley Laboratory for unrestricted use. Both facilities are 
listed under Saint Luke's Material License Number 24-00889-01. Saint 
Luke's Hospital is authorized to use byproduct material for medical 
research. The licensee transferred all licensed material from the 
Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory to its 
radioactive waste storage area in the main hospital building. The main 
hospital building is under the same radioactive materials license. The 
licensee also transferred materials to the Mayo Clinic Rochester 
[License No. 22-00519-03], and shipped material for disposal through 
Adco Services, Inc. [IL-01347-01], and GTS Duratek [R-73008-E94]. The 
licensee identified two isotopes, which are listed in the license, with 
half-lives greater than 120 days (hydrogen-3, and carbon-14), which had 
been used at the Medical Plaza I Building and Dickson-Diveley 
Laboratory facilities. The licensee conducted surveys of the facilities 
and provided information to the NRC to demonstrate that the 
radiological condition of the buildings is consistent with criteria 
specified in 10 CFR part 20, subpart E for unrestricted use. No 
radiological remediation activities are required to complete the 
proposed action.

Need for the Proposed Action

    The licensee is requesting this license amendment because it no 
longer plans to conduct NRC-licensed activities at the Medical Plaza I 
Building and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory. The NRC is fulfilling its 
responsibilities under the Atomic Energy Act to make a decision on the 
proposed action for decommissioning that ensures that residual 
radioactivity is reduced to a level that is protective of the public 
health and safety and the environment.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC staff reviewed the information provided and surveys 
performed by Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City to demonstrate that 
the release of the Medical Plaza I Building, 4320 Wornall Road, and the 
Dickson-Diveley Laboratory, 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, Kansas City, 
Missouri facilities comply with radiological criteria for unrestricted 
use in 10 CFR 20.1402. Based on its review, the staff has determined 
that the radiological environmental impacts from the proposed action 
are bounded by the ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support 
of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-
Licensed Nuclear Facilities'' (NUREG-1496). Additionally, no non-
radiological or cumulative impacts were identified. Therefore, the NRC 
has determined that the proposed action will not have a significant 
effect on the quality of the human environment.

Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    The only alternative to the proposed action of releasing the 
facilities for unrestricted use is to take no action. Under the no-
action alternative, the Medical Plaza I Building and the Dickson-
Diveley Laboratory facilities would remain under an NRC license and 
would not be released for unrestricted use. Denial of the license 
amendment request would result in no change to current conditions at 
the facilities. The no-action alternative is not acceptable because it 
is inconsistent with the NRC's Timeliness Rule, 10 CFR Part 30.36, 
``Expiration and Termination of Licenses and Decommissioning of Sites 
and Separate Buildings or Outdoor Areas,'' which requires licensees who 
have ceased licensed activities to request termination of their 
radioactive materials license. This alternative also would impose an 
unnecessary regulatory burden and limit potential benefits from future 
uses of the facilities.

Conclusion

    The NRC staff concluded that the proposed action is consistent with 
the NRC's unrestricted use specified in 10 CFR part 20, subpart E. 
Since the proposed action will not significantly impact the quality of 
the human environment, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed action 
is the preferred alternative.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    The NRC staff has determined that the proposed action will not 
affect listed species or critical habitats. Therefore, no further 
consultation is required under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act. 
Likewise, the NRC staff has determined that the proposed action is not 
a type of activity that has potential to cause effect on historic 
properties. Therefore, consultation under Section 106 of the National 
Historic Preservation Act is not required. The NRC consulted with the 
Missouri Section for Environmental Public Health, Department of Health 
and Senior Services. The Missouri Section for Environmental Public 
Health was provided with the draft EA for comment on September 6, 2005. 
The State reviewed the EA and responded back to the NRC on September 7, 
2005, and did not have any additional comments.

II. Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the EA in support of the proposed license amendment 
to release the facilities for unrestricted use, the NRC has determined 
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the

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human environment. Thus, the NRC has determined not to prepare an 
environmental impact statement for the proposed action.

Further Information

    1. McPhee, Mark, M.D., Chief Operating Officer, Saint Luke's 
Hospital of Kansas City, letter to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
December 1, 2004 (ML052510691).
    2. Decommissioning Report (Final Status Survey Report), Saint 
Luke's Hospital of Kansas City, Medical Plaza I Building, 4320 Wornall 
Road, and the Dickson-Diveley Laboratory, 4312 J.C. Nichols Parkway, 
Kansas City, Missouri facilities, June 21, 2005 (ML052510686).
    3. Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City Conversation Record, dated 
September 2, 2005 (ML052510698).
    4. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ``Environmental Review 
Guidance for Licensing Actions Associated with NMSS Programs,'' NUREG-
1748, August 2003.
    5. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, ``Generic Environmental 
Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for 
License Termination of NRC-Licensed Nuclear Facilities,'' NUREG-1496, 
August 1994.
    6. NRC, NUREG-1757, ``Consolidated NMSS Decommissioning Guidance,'' 
Volumes 1-3, September 2003.
    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 (800) 397-4209, (301)415-4737 or 
by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. 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 12th day of September 2005.
Jamnes L. Cameron,
Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, 
RIII.
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