Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Kerr McGee Cimarron Corporation Former Fuel Fabrication Facility in Crescent, OK, 57627-57628 [E5-5357]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 26th day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Girija S. Shukla, Project Manager, Section 2, Project Directorate IV, Division of Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. E5–5387 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 70–0925] Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Kerr McGee Cimarron Corporation Former Fuel Fabrication Facility in Crescent, OK Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: Ken Kalman, Project Manager, Decommissioning Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: (301) 415–6664; fax number: (301) 415– 5398 e-mail: klk@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: I. Introduction The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering amending Material License No. SNM–928 issued to Kerr McGee Cimarron Corporation Cimarron or (the licensee), to authorize the deletion of License Condition 22 and revisions to License Conditions 23 and 27e of the license for its former fuel fabrication facility in Crescent, Oklahoma. NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in 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 amendment is to authorize revisions to the license for the licensee’s former fuel fabrication facility. Specifically, License Condition 22 will be deleted, as all requirements of this condition have been completed. License Conditions 23 and 27e will be revised. The actions VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 required by these license conditions were addressed in the EA for approval of Cimarron’s Decommissioning Plan (DP). That EA is summarized in the Federal Register notice of the Finding of No Significant Impact published on August 12, 1999, (64 FR 44059). The licensee requested that License Condition 22 be deleted from the license, as the specific requirements of this license condition had been completed. License Condition 22 authorizes the licensee to breach the berms, close the two East and West Sanitary lagoons in Subarea L, and backfill the former burial ground in Subarea F. Cimarron backfilled the two sanitary lagoons in 1993. NRC staff reviewed the licensee’s request and an NRC confirmatory survey of Subarea L demonstrated that all soil samples met the NRC’s release criteria of License Condition 27 of Cimarron’s license (SNM–928) and the regulatory limits for unrestricted use. The staff determined that all work addressed in License Condition 22 has been completed and that all the requirements of this condition have been met. Therefore, the NRC staff concluded that this condition can be deleted from the license, and will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. The licensee also requested that License Condition 23 be revised to reflect completion of some of the decommissioning activities identified in this condition. License Condition 23 authorizes the licensee to dispose of low-enriched uranium contaminated soil in an on-site burial cell in Subarea N. The licensee stated that all requirements in this license condition have been completed except for the requirement to ‘‘periodically monitor the disposal area for subsidence, erosion, and status of the vegetative cover for at least five years, and promptly repair any problems noted.’’ The NRC staff conducted a confirmatory survey of the burial cell in Subarea N. The staff determined that the buried cell had been completed in accordance with License Condition 23. All measurements were below the release criteria of Cimarron’s license (SNM–928) and the regulatory limits. The NRC staff has reviewed the licensee’s request and determined that the licensee has met all of the requirements of License Condition 23, except for the last two sentences of License Condition 23d. This license condition will be revised and the last two sentences will become License Condition 23a. The NRC staff has concluded that this revision to the license will not have a significant impact on the quality of the human environment, because the revision is PO 00000 Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 57627 only deleting protective actions that have already been completed. License Condition 27e authorizes the licensee to make certain changes to the DP or Radiation Protection Plan (RPP) and associated procedures without prior NRC approval provided that those changes meet the specific criteria stated in License Condition 27e. The licensee requested that License Condition 27e be revised so that only changes to the facility or process, tests, and experiments described in the DP or the RPP are required to be reviewed by the As Low As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) Committee. In addition, the licensee requested that the license condition be revised so changes to the associated radiation protection procedures would only require review and approval by the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The NRC staff has reviewed this request and found that the requested amendment to License Condition 27e should be granted. This proposed change to the license will have not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. III. Finding of No Significant Impact Based upon the analysis contained in the EA, NRC staff concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment, because it is only deleting license requirements that have been completed and making changes to a License Condition 27e, which relates to approval of changes to the procedures associated with the Decommissioning Plan or Radiation Protection Procedures. Accordingly, the staff and has determined that preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted. IV. Further Information Documents related to this action, including the application for 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 Document 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: Environmental Assessment for License Amendment 19 of Cimarron Corporations License (SNM–928) Regarding License Conditions 22, 23, and 27e (ML052060071). If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC’s E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1 57628 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 190 / Monday, October 3, 2005 / Notices 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 Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of September, 2005. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Daniel M. Gillen, Deputy Director, Decommissioning Directorate Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. E5–5357 Filed 9–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Notice of Extension of the Public Comment Period for Scoping Process To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants On June 3, 2003, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the Commission) issued a Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants and To Conduct Scoping Process in the Federal Register (68 FR 33209). Notice is hereby given that the Commission has extended the public comment period for the scoping process on the update to the ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants,’’ NUREG–1437 (May 1996) and Addendum 1 (August 1999). The comments already received by the Commission will be considered; this provides additional opportunity for public to reflect on issues that may have emerged during the period that this project was inactive. The public comment period is extended to December 30, 2005. In 1996 and 1999, the Commission amended its environmental protection regulations in 10 CFR Part 51, ‘‘Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions,’’ to improve the efficiency of the environmental review process for applicants seeking to renew a nuclear power plant operating license for up to an additional 20 years. The final rules were published in the Federal Register on December 18, 1996 (61 FR 66546), and September 3, 1999 (64 FR 48507). The amendments are based on the analyses reported in VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:26 Sep 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants’’ (May 1996) and its Addendum 1 (August 1999). The GEIS, prepared by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff and its contractors, summarizes the findings of a systematic inquiry into the environmental impacts of refurbishment activities associated with license renewal and the environmental impacts of continued operation during the renewal period (up to 20 years for each licensing action). The significance of environmental impacts were analyzed for each of nearly 100 issues. Thereafter, the NRC categorized which of these analyses could be applied to all plants and whether additional mitigation measures would be warranted for each environmental issue. Of the 92 issues analyzed, 69 issues were resolved generically, 21 require a further sitespecific analysis that applicants are required to address, and 2 require a sitespecific assessment by the NRC. As part of its application to renew its operating license, an applicant submits a supplemental environmental report and the NRC staff develops a site-specific supplement to the GEIS and includes a recommendation for each license renewal application. The environmental protection regulations for any NRC licensing action is contained in 10 CFR Part 51 and may be viewed on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/doc-collections/cfr/part051/ index.html. The license renewal process also includes a safety review and inspections prior to issuance of a renewed license. In the introductory remarks to Appendix B to Subpart A of Part 51, ‘‘Environmental Effects of Renewing the Operating License of a Nuclear Power Plant,’’ the Commission stated that, on a 10-year cycle, it intends to review the material in Table B–1 and update it, if necessary. This update effort began in 2003; the goal of the NRC staff is to complete this GEIS Update Project by the end of 2009. The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the NRC continues to plan to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS), in this case it is an update to the GEIS, and to provide the public an additional opportunity to participate in the environmental scoping process, as defined in 10 CFR 51.29. The scoping process is the initial opportunity for stakeholder participation in the GEIS update and it occurs before the NRC has determined results or recommendations for the update. The environmental review process for license renewal will continue under the current regulatory PO 00000 Frm 00078 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 framework throughout the course of this effort. If, as a result of this scoping process, it is determined that an update is not necessary, then that result will be published in the Federal Register as well. The GEIS and Addendum 1 to the GEIS were prepared pursuant to 10 CFR part 51 and are available for public inspection at the NRC Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, or from the Publicly Available Records component of NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS). ADAMS is accessible at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html, which provides access through the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room link. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS, or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC’s PDR Reference staff at 1–800– 397–4209, or 301–415–4737, or by e-mail to PDR@NRC.GOV. The GEIS, its Addendum 1, and its supplements may also be viewed on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/nuregs/staff/sr1437. As indicated, the NRC prepares sitespecific supplements to the GEIS for each license renewal application assessing the environmental impacts specific to that power plant location; these reports may be useful to scoping participants to understand the environmental review process and the environmental issues associated with the review for license renewal. The supplements to the GEIS also can be viewed on the Internet in the context for each project and are listed by project at http://www.nrc.gov/reactors/operating/ licensing/renewal/applications.html. The update of the GEIS is a generic activity; therefore, is not the appropriate forum to consider site-specific issues or concerns. In keeping with the framework outlined under the National Environmental Policy Act, the NRC conducts this scoping process for the update to the GEIS and, thereafter, plans to prepare a draft addendum to the GEIS for public comment outlining the results of the NRC review. Participation in the scoping process by members of the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal government agencies is encouraged. The scoping process for the addendum to the GEIS will be used to accomplish the following: a. Determine whether the purpose and need for the update (the proposed action) is clear. b. Determine the scope of the addendum to the GEIS and identify E:\FR\FM\03OCN1.SGM 03OCN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 70-0925]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Kerr McGee Cimarron 
Corporation Former Fuel Fabrication Facility in Crescent, OK

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ken Kalman, Project Manager, 
Decommissioning Directorate, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. 
Telephone: (301) 415-6664; fax number: (301) 415-5398 e-mail: 
klk@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering amending 
Material License No. SNM-928 issued to Kerr McGee Cimarron Corporation 
Cimarron or (the licensee), to authorize the deletion of License 
Condition 22 and revisions to License Conditions 23 and 27e of the 
license for its former fuel fabrication facility in Crescent, Oklahoma. 
NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in 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 amendment is to authorize revisions to 
the license for the licensee's former fuel fabrication facility. 
Specifically, License Condition 22 will be deleted, as all requirements 
of this condition have been completed. License Conditions 23 and 27e 
will be revised. The actions required by these license conditions were 
addressed in the EA for approval of Cimarron's Decommissioning Plan 
(DP). That EA is summarized in the Federal Register notice of the 
Finding of No Significant Impact published on August 12, 1999, (64 FR 
44059).
    The licensee requested that License Condition 22 be deleted from 
the license, as the specific requirements of this license condition had 
been completed. License Condition 22 authorizes the licensee to breach 
the berms, close the two East and West Sanitary lagoons in Subarea L, 
and backfill the former burial ground in Subarea F. Cimarron backfilled 
the two sanitary lagoons in 1993. NRC staff reviewed the licensee's 
request and an NRC confirmatory survey of Subarea L demonstrated that 
all soil samples met the NRC's release criteria of License Condition 27 
of Cimarron's license (SNM-928) and the regulatory limits for 
unrestricted use. The staff determined that all work addressed in 
License Condition 22 has been completed and that all the requirements 
of this condition have been met. Therefore, the NRC staff concluded 
that this condition can be deleted from the license, and will not have 
a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.
    The licensee also requested that License Condition 23 be revised to 
reflect completion of some of the decommissioning activities identified 
in this condition. License Condition 23 authorizes the licensee to 
dispose of low-enriched uranium contaminated soil in an on-site burial 
cell in Subarea N. The licensee stated that all requirements in this 
license condition have been completed except for the requirement to 
``periodically monitor the disposal area for subsidence, erosion, and 
status of the vegetative cover for at least five years, and promptly 
repair any problems noted.'' The NRC staff conducted a confirmatory 
survey of the burial cell in Subarea N. The staff determined that the 
buried cell had been completed in accordance with License Condition 23. 
All measurements were below the release criteria of Cimarron's license 
(SNM-928) and the regulatory limits. The NRC staff has reviewed the 
licensee's request and determined that the licensee has met all of the 
requirements of License Condition 23, except for the last two sentences 
of License Condition 23d. This license condition will be revised and 
the last two sentences will become License Condition 23a. The NRC staff 
has concluded that this revision to the license will not have a 
significant impact on the quality of the human environment, because the 
revision is only deleting protective actions that have already been 
completed.
    License Condition 27e authorizes the licensee to make certain 
changes to the DP or Radiation Protection Plan (RPP) and associated 
procedures without prior NRC approval provided that those changes meet 
the specific criteria stated in License Condition 27e. The licensee 
requested that License Condition 27e be revised so that only changes to 
the facility or process, tests, and experiments described in the DP or 
the RPP are required to be reviewed by the As Low As Reasonably 
Achievable (ALARA) Committee. In addition, the licensee requested that 
the license condition be revised so changes to the associated radiation 
protection procedures would only require review and approval by the 
Radiation Safety Officer (RSO). The NRC staff has reviewed this request 
and found that the requested amendment to License Condition 27e should 
be granted. This proposed change to the license will have not have a 
significant effect on the quality of the human environment.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    Based upon the analysis contained in the EA, NRC staff concludes 
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the human environment, because it is only deleting license 
requirements that have been completed and making changes to a License 
Condition 27e, which relates to approval of changes to the procedures 
associated with the Decommissioning Plan or Radiation Protection 
Procedures. Accordingly, the staff and has determined that preparation 
of an environmental impact statement is not warranted.

IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for 
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 
Document 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: Environmental Assessment for 
License Amendment 19 of Cimarron Corporations License (SNM-928) 
Regarding License Conditions 22, 23, and 27e (ML052060071). If you do 
not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the 
documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's

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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 Rockville, Maryland, this 27th day of September, 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Daniel M. Gillen,
Deputy Director, Decommissioning Directorate Division of Waste 
Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards.
 [FR Doc. E5-5357 Filed 9-30-05; 8:45 am]
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