Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Uranium Milling Facilities, 50414-50416 [E7-17276]

Download as PDF 50414 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices Purpose of Meeting: To provide advice, recommendations, and oversight concerning support for research, education, and human resources development in the geosciences. Agenda: October 16 Directorate activities and plans Meeting with the Director (or Representative) Division Subcommittee Meetings Review of COV Reports October 17 Education and Diversity Subcommittee Meeting Joint Session with NSF Advisory Committee on Environmental Research and Education Dated: August 28, 2007. Susanne Bolton, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. E7–17344 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P Proposal Review Panel for Ocean Sciences; Notice of Meeting sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Name: Plum Island Ecosystems LTER (PIE– LTER) Site Review, Proposal Review Panel for Ocean Sciences (10752). Date and Time: Oct. 10, 2007, 4 p.m.–8 p.m. Oct. 11, 2007, 8 a.m.–7 p.m. Oct. 12, 2007, 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts. Type of Meeting: Partially Closed. For Further Information Contact: Dr. Henry Gholz, Division of Environmental Biology, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22230. Telephone (703) 292–8481. Purpose of Meeting: Formal third-year review of the Plum Island Ecosystem LongTerm Ecological Research project award. Agenda: Monday, 10 October 2007 4–8 p.m. NSF Briefing of the Review Team at Hotel (closed) Tuesday, 11 October 2007 at The PIE–LTER Site Building 8–4 PIE–LTER Project Introduction (open) Overview and Evolution/Partnerships Research Presentations (talks 20 min + questions 5 min) Education and Outreach Information Management Site Management 4–6:45 Reception and Student Posters (open) Meet with graduate students and post-docs 7 Dinner locally (open); review team separate working dinner (closed) Wednesday, 12 October 2007 8–8:30 Review Team assemble for initial feedback and questions (closed). Jkt 211001 BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). ACTION: Revised notice of intent (NOI). AGENCY: In accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463, as amended), the National Science Foundation announces the following meeting. 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Dated: August 28, 2007. Susanne Bolton, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. E7–17343 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement for Uranium Milling Facilities NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION VerDate Aug<31>2005 9–11 Meetings on Administration (closed) 1–4:15 Review Team Report Work Session (closed) 4:30–5:55 Report-out by Review Team (closed) 6 Adjourn Reason for Closing: During closed sessions the review will include information of a confidential nature, including technical and financial information. These matters are exempt under 5 U.S.C. 552b(c), (4) and (6) of the Government in The Sunshine Act. SUMMARY: This notice revises a notice published on July 24, 2007 in the Federal Register (72 FR 141) which informed the public of the NRC’s intent to prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and NRC’s NEPA implementing regulations contained in 10 CFR part 51. The purpose of this revised notice is to (1) Announce that an additional scoping meeting will be held in Gallup, New Mexico on September 27, 2007 and (2) extend the scoping comment period to October 8, 2007. The GEIS will assess the potential environmental impacts associated with uranium recovery at milling facilities employing the in-situ leach (ISL) process. The GEIS may also assess the potential environmental impacts of alternative methods of uranium recovery (including the conventional milling process). DATES: The NRC has recently held public meetings in Casper, Wyoming and Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the public scoping process required by NEPA. In response to public requests, the public scoping period for the GEIS has been extended to October 8, 2007. Written comments submitted by mail should be postmarked by that date to ensure consideration. Comments mailed after that date will be considered to the extent possible. In addition, the NRC will conduct a third public meeting in Gallup, New PO 00000 Frm 00093 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Mexico to assist in defining the appropriate scope of the GEIS, including the significant environmental issues to be addressed. The meeting date, time and location are listed below: Meeting Date: September 27, 2007, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Meeting Location: Best Western Inn and Suites, 3009 West Hwy 66, Gallup, NM 87301–6813, Phone (505) 722–2221. For this meeting, members of the NRC staff will be available for informal discussions with members of the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The formal meeting and associated NRC presentation will begin at 7 p.m. For planning purposes, those who wish to present oral comments at the meeting are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Carol Walls of the NRC by telephone at 1–800–368–5642, Extension 8028, or by e-mail at CAW@nrc.gov no later than September 21, 2007. Interested persons may also register to speak at the meetings. Depending on the number of speakers, each speaker may be limited in the amount of time allocated for their comments so that all speakers will have an opportunity to offer comments. ADDRESSES: Members of the public and interested parties are invited and encouraged to submit comments to the Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, and Editing Branch, Mail Stop T–6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. Also, the NRC encourages comments to be submitted electronically to URLGEIS@nrc.gov. Please refer to the ‘‘Uranium Recovery GEIS’’ when submitting comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the NRC NEPA process, or the environmental review process related to this GEIS, please contact: Paul Michalak, Project Manager, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection (DWMEP), Mail Stop T–8F5, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, by phone at 1–800–368–5642, Extension 7612, or by e-mail at PXM2@nrc.gov, For general or technical information associated with the safety and licensing of uranium milling facilities, please contact: William Von Till, Branch Chief, Uranium Recovery Branch, DWMEP, Mail Stop T–8F5, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, by phone at 1–800– 368–5642, Extension 0598, or by e-mail at RWV@nrc.gov. Information and documents associated with the GEIS are available for public review through the NRC electronic reading room: http:// E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Documents may also be obtained from the NRC Public Document Room at U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Headquarters, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, 20852–2738. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1.0 Background The NRC is expecting numerous license applications for in-situ leach (ISL) uranium milling facilities in the coming 2–3 years. This GEIS is intended to address the common issues associated with environmental reviews of such milling facilities located in the western United States. Because there are environmental issues common to ISL milling facilities, the NRC staff will be addressing these common issues generically to aid in a more efficient environmental review for each separate license application, if and when these applications are submitted. ISL milling facilities recover uranium from low grade ores that may not be economically recoverable by other methods. In this process, a leaching agent, such as oxygen with sodium bicarbonate, is added to native ground water for injection through wells into the subsurface ore body to dissolve the uranium. The leach solution, containing the dissolved uranium, is pumped back to the surface and sent to the processing plant, where ion exchange is used to separate the uranium from the solution. The underground leaching of the uranium also frees other metals and minerals from the host rock. Operators of ISL facilities are required to restore the ground water affected by the leaching operations. The milling process concentrates the recovered uranium into the product known as ‘‘yellowcake’’ (U3O8). This yellowcake is then shipped to uranium conversion facilities for further processing in the overall uranium fuel cycle. One alternative to ISL milling is the conventional uranium milling process that extracts uranium from mined ore. At conventional mills, the ore arrives via truck and is crushed, ground, and leached. In most cases, sulfuric acid is the leaching agent, but alkaline leaching can also be done. The leaching agent not only extracts uranium from the ore but also several other constituents (e.g., vanadium, selenium, iron, lead, and arsenic). Conventional mills extract 90 to 95 percent of the uranium from the ore. These mills are typically in areas of low population density, and they typically process ores from mines within 50 kilometers (30 miles). Conventional mills may also produce significant quantities of waste materials, VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 known as mill tailings, from the ore processing. These tailings are contained in impoundments which can be as large as 250 to 300 acres in extent. It is estimated that roughly 95% of the incoming ore ends as mill tailings. These mill tailings contain most of the radioactive progeny of uranium and may be a significant source of radon and radon progeny releases to the environment. The GEIS will focus on the construction, operation, and decommissioning of ISL mills and also assess alternative methods of uranium recovery. It is noted that the hardrock mining associated with conventional uranium milling is regulated by other entities (e.g., the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and various state agencies) For more information on the uranium fuel cycle, please see Regulating Nuclear Fuel, NUREG/BR–0280, Rev. 1, (which can be found online at: http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/nuregs/brochures/br0280/). 2.0 Alternatives To Be Evaluated No action—The no-action alternative would be to not build nor license potential uranium milling facilities. Under this alternative the NRC would not approve future license applications. This alternative serves as a baseline for comparison of the potential environmental impacts. Proposed action—The proposed action is the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an ISL uranium mill. Implementation of the proposed action would require the issuance of an NRC license under the provisions of 10 CFR part 40. Alternatives—The conventional milling process is one alternative. Other alternatives not listed in this notice may be identified through the scoping process. 3.0 Environmental Impact Areas To Be Analyzed The following resource areas have been tentatively identified for analysis in the GEIS: —Public and Occupational Health: addressing the potential public and occupational consequences from construction, routine operation, transportation, and credible accident scenarios (including natural events), and decommissioning; —Waste Management: addressing the types of wastes expected to be generated, handled, stored and subject to re-use or disposal; —Land Use: addressing land use plans, policies and controls; PO 00000 Frm 00094 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50415 —Transportation: addressing the transportation modes, routes, quantities, and risk estimates; —Geology and Soils: addressing the physical geography, topography, geology and soil characteristics; —Water Resources: addressing the surface and ground water hydrology, water use and quality, and the potential for degradation; —Ecology: addressing wetlands, aquatic, terrestrial, economically and recreationally important species, and threatened and endangered species; —Air Quality: addressing meteorological conditions, ambient background, pollutant sources, and the potential for degradation; —Noise: addressing ambient noises, sources, and sensitive receptors; —Historical and Cultural Resources: addressing historical, archaeological, and traditional cultural resources; —Visual and Scenic Resources: addressing landscape characteristics, man-made features and viewshed; —Socioeconomics: addressing the demography, economic base, labor pool, housing, transportation, utilities, public services/facilities, education, recreation, and cultural resources; —Environmental Justice: addressing the potential disproportionately high and adverse impacts to minority and lowincome populations; and —Cumulative Effects: addressing the impacts from past, present, and reasonably foreseeable actions at and near the site. The examples under each resource area are not intended to be all inclusive, nor is this list an indication that environmental impacts will occur. The list is presented to facilitate comments on the scope of the GEIS. Additions to, or deletions from, this list may occur as a result of the public scoping process. 4.0 Scoping Meetings This NOI is to encourage public involvement in the GEIS process and to solicit public comments on the proposed scope and content of the GEIS. NRC will hold public scoping meetings as described above to solicit both oral and written comments from interested parties. Scoping is an early and open process designed to determine the range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered in the GEIS, and to identify the significant issues related to the proposed action. Scoping is intended to solicit input from the public and other agencies so that the analysis can be more clearly focused on issues of genuine concern. The principal goals of the scoping process are to: E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 50416 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 169 / Friday, August 31, 2007 / Notices —Identify public concerns; —Ensure that concerns are identified early and are properly studied; —Identify alternatives that will be examined; —Identify significant issues that need to be analyzed; and —Eliminate unimportant issues. The scoping meetings will begin with NRC staff providing a description of NRC’s role and mission followed by a brief overview of NRC’s environmental review process and goals of the scoping meeting. The bulk of the meeting will be allotted for attendees to make oral comments. 5.0 Scoping Comments Written comments should be mailed to the address listed above in the ADDRESSES section. Scoping comments may also be submitted electronically via e-mail to URLGEIS@nrc.gov. The NRC staff will prepare a scoping summary report in which it will summarize public comments. The NRC will make the scoping summary report and projectrelated materials available for public review through its electronic reading room: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. Further, an NRC Web site will be established in the near future to keep the public abreast of the current schedule and to post important documents. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 6.0 The NEPA Process The GEIS will be prepared according to NEPA and NRC’s NEPA implementing regulations contained in 10 CFR part 51. After the scoping process is complete, the NRC will prepare a draft GEIS. The draft GEIS is scheduled to be published by April 2008. A 45-day comment period on the draft GEIS is planned, and a public meeting(s) to receive comments will be held approximately three weeks after publication of the draft GEIS. Availability of the draft GEIS, the dates of the public comment period, and information about the public meeting will be announced in the Federal Register, on NRC’s Web page, and in the local news media. The final GEIS is expected to be published in January 2009 and will incorporate, as appropriate, public comments received on the draft GEIS. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 22nd day of August, 2007. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:43 Aug 31, 2007 Jkt 211001 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Gregory Suber, Branch Chief, Environmental Review Branch, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. E7–17276 Filed 8–30–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION U.S. Digital Instrumentation and Control and Human-Machine Interface Workshop Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Opportunity to provide input concerning digital instrumentation and control and human-machine interface test and research in the United States. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The increasing use of digital instrumentation and controls, and the growing prevalence of human interactions with such systems, in nuclear generating and fuel cycle facilities have introduced new regulatory challenges along with the potential benefit of improved plant safety. Currently, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) addresses these challenges by analyzing their scope, impact, and potential adverse plant interactions, and then conducting research on each safetyrelated topical issue identified through this analysis. Often, such analyses and research are performed under contracts that the NRC establishes with commercial entities, national laboratories, universities, and international research facilities. However, there may be advantages to alternative approaches such as establishing a single, integrated test facility with expertise in the areas of digital instrumentation and controls and human-machine interfaces (DIC&HMI). The NRC is conducting public workshops to review the current and future technical issues in the area of digital instrumentation and control and human-machine interface (I&C and HMI), to identify the capabilities that a facility or facilities would need to have to support their resolution. The workshop will review the capabilities of current facilities and consider lessons learned from their operation. Based on this information a set of options will be developed. Toward that end, the NRC invites stakeholders including those with existing capabilities, as well as others who may be interested in participating (such as national PO 00000 Frm 00095 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 laboratories, universities, other Federal agencies, research and development centers, and vendors), to participate in the workshops. The workshops will seek to develop a consensus in the technical community regarding a set of overarching principles that should be met to ensure the success of any conceptual approaches discussed. Options may include relying on current facilities; upgrading current facilities; or developing a single, integrated facility. In addition, it is necessary to determine the number of organizations within the community that are interested in each option. Interested parties should note that the staff is working with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, to develop additional information on experiences that other similar facilities have had, in order to learn from their successes and challenges. DISCUSSION: The NRC will hold two workshops to engage potentially interested stakeholders. The first workshop will be held on September 6– 7, 2007, at the Clarion Hotel at Atlanta International Airport, which is located at 5010 Old National Highway in Atlanta, Georgia. This initial workshop will review, at a conceptual level the current and future technical issues in the area of digital instrumentation and control and human-machine interface (I&C and HMI) and will identify the capabilities that a facility or facilities would need to have to support their resolution. The workshop will review the capabilities of current facilities and consider lessons learned from their operation. Based on this information the workshop will develop a set of options for establishing additional capabilities, if needed, or ways to integrate current capabilities in a manner that creates synergies and efficiencies to support current and future needs of the technical community in the digital I&C and HMI areas. The second workshop will be held on September 11, 2007, at the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Executive Meeting Center, which is located at 1750 Rockville Pike in Rockville, Maryland. This workshop will use information gathered at the Atlanta workshop regarding the additional capabilities (if any) that the community requires to address current and future Digital Instrumentation and Control (I&C) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) issues and the facility options available to perform this work. The workshop will discuss at a conceptual level how each of the facility options could be managed. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION


Revised Notice of Intent To Prepare a Generic Environmental 
Impact Statement for Uranium Milling Facilities

AGENCY: United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Revised notice of intent (NOI).

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SUMMARY: This notice revises a notice published on July 24, 2007 in the 
Federal Register (72 FR 141) which informed the public of the NRC's 
intent to prepare a Generic Environmental Impact Statement (GEIS) in 
accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and NRC's 
NEPA implementing regulations contained in 10 CFR part 51. The purpose 
of this revised notice is to (1) Announce that an additional scoping 
meeting will be held in Gallup, New Mexico on September 27, 2007 and 
(2) extend the scoping comment period to October 8, 2007. The GEIS will 
assess the potential environmental impacts associated with uranium 
recovery at milling facilities employing the in-situ leach (ISL) 
process. The GEIS may also assess the potential environmental impacts 
of alternative methods of uranium recovery (including the conventional 
milling process).

DATES: The NRC has recently held public meetings in Casper, Wyoming and 
Albuquerque, New Mexico as part of the public scoping process required 
by NEPA. In response to public requests, the public scoping period for 
the GEIS has been extended to October 8, 2007. Written comments 
submitted by mail should be postmarked by that date to ensure 
consideration. Comments mailed after that date will be considered to 
the extent possible.
    In addition, the NRC will conduct a third public meeting in Gallup, 
New Mexico to assist in defining the appropriate scope of the GEIS, 
including the significant environmental issues to be addressed. The 
meeting date, time and location are listed below:
    Meeting Date: September 27, 2007, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Meeting Location: Best Western Inn and Suites, 3009 West Hwy 66, 
Gallup, NM 87301-6813, Phone (505) 722-2221.
    For this meeting, members of the NRC staff will be available for 
informal discussions with members of the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
The formal meeting and associated NRC presentation will begin at 7 p.m. 
For planning purposes, those who wish to present oral comments at the 
meeting are encouraged to pre-register by contacting Carol Walls of the 
NRC by telephone at 1-800-368-5642, Extension 8028, or by e-mail at 
CAW@nrc.gov no later than September 21, 2007. Interested persons may 
also register to speak at the meetings. Depending on the number of 
speakers, each speaker may be limited in the amount of time allocated 
for their comments so that all speakers will have an opportunity to 
offer comments.

ADDRESSES: Members of the public and interested parties are invited and 
encouraged to submit comments to the Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, and 
Editing Branch, Mail Stop T-6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001. Also, the NRC encourages comments to be 
submitted electronically to URLGEIS@nrc.gov. Please refer to the 
``Uranium Recovery GEIS'' when submitting comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the NRC 
NEPA process, or the environmental review process related to this GEIS, 
please contact: Paul Michalak, Project Manager, Division of Waste 
Management and Environmental Protection (DWMEP), Mail Stop T-8F5, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by phone at 
1-800-368-5642, Extension 7612, or by e-mail at PXM2@nrc.gov, For 
general or technical information associated with the safety and 
licensing of uranium milling facilities, please contact: William Von 
Till, Branch Chief, Uranium Recovery Branch, DWMEP, Mail Stop T-8F5, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by phone 
at 1-800-368-5642, Extension 0598, or by e-mail at RWV@nrc.gov.
    Information and documents associated with the GEIS are available 
for public review through the NRC electronic reading room: http://

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www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Documents may also be obtained from 
the NRC Public Document Room at U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission 
Headquarters, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, 
20852-2738.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1.0 Background

    The NRC is expecting numerous license applications for in-situ 
leach (ISL) uranium milling facilities in the coming 2-3 years. This 
GEIS is intended to address the common issues associated with 
environmental reviews of such milling facilities located in the western 
United States. Because there are environmental issues common to ISL 
milling facilities, the NRC staff will be addressing these common 
issues generically to aid in a more efficient environmental review for 
each separate license application, if and when these applications are 
submitted.
    ISL milling facilities recover uranium from low grade ores that may 
not be economically recoverable by other methods. In this process, a 
leaching agent, such as oxygen with sodium bicarbonate, is added to 
native ground water for injection through wells into the subsurface ore 
body to dissolve the uranium. The leach solution, containing the 
dissolved uranium, is pumped back to the surface and sent to the 
processing plant, where ion exchange is used to separate the uranium 
from the solution. The underground leaching of the uranium also frees 
other metals and minerals from the host rock. Operators of ISL 
facilities are required to restore the ground water affected by the 
leaching operations. The milling process concentrates the recovered 
uranium into the product known as ``yellowcake'' 
(U3O8). This yellowcake is then shipped to 
uranium conversion facilities for further processing in the overall 
uranium fuel cycle.
    One alternative to ISL milling is the conventional uranium milling 
process that extracts uranium from mined ore. At conventional mills, 
the ore arrives via truck and is crushed, ground, and leached. In most 
cases, sulfuric acid is the leaching agent, but alkaline leaching can 
also be done. The leaching agent not only extracts uranium from the ore 
but also several other constituents (e.g., vanadium, selenium, iron, 
lead, and arsenic). Conventional mills extract 90 to 95 percent of the 
uranium from the ore. These mills are typically in areas of low 
population density, and they typically process ores from mines within 
50 kilometers (30 miles). Conventional mills may also produce 
significant quantities of waste materials, known as mill tailings, from 
the ore processing. These tailings are contained in impoundments which 
can be as large as 250 to 300 acres in extent. It is estimated that 
roughly 95% of the incoming ore ends as mill tailings. These mill 
tailings contain most of the radioactive progeny of uranium and may be 
a significant source of radon and radon progeny releases to the 
environment.
    The GEIS will focus on the construction, operation, and 
decommissioning of ISL mills and also assess alternative methods of 
uranium recovery. It is noted that the hardrock mining associated with 
conventional uranium milling is regulated by other entities (e.g., the 
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, and various state agencies)
    For more information on the uranium fuel cycle, please see 
Regulating Nuclear Fuel, NUREG/BR-0280, Rev. 1, (which can be found 
online at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/
brochures/br0280/).

2.0 Alternatives To Be Evaluated

    No action--The no-action alternative would be to not build nor 
license potential uranium milling facilities. Under this alternative 
the NRC would not approve future license applications. This alternative 
serves as a baseline for comparison of the potential environmental 
impacts.
    Proposed action--The proposed action is the construction, 
operation, and decommissioning of an ISL uranium mill. Implementation 
of the proposed action would require the issuance of an NRC license 
under the provisions of 10 CFR part 40.
    Alternatives--The conventional milling process is one alternative. 
Other alternatives not listed in this notice may be identified through 
the scoping process.

3.0 Environmental Impact Areas To Be Analyzed

    The following resource areas have been tentatively identified for 
analysis in the GEIS:

--Public and Occupational Health: addressing the potential public and 
occupational consequences from construction, routine operation, 
transportation, and credible accident scenarios (including natural 
events), and decommissioning;
--Waste Management: addressing the types of wastes expected to be 
generated, handled, stored and subject to re-use or disposal;
--Land Use: addressing land use plans, policies and controls;
--Transportation: addressing the transportation modes, routes, 
quantities, and risk estimates;
--Geology and Soils: addressing the physical geography, topography, 
geology and soil characteristics;
--Water Resources: addressing the surface and ground water hydrology, 
water use and quality, and the potential for degradation;
--Ecology: addressing wetlands, aquatic, terrestrial, economically and 
recreationally important species, and threatened and endangered 
species;
--Air Quality: addressing meteorological conditions, ambient 
background, pollutant sources, and the potential for degradation;
--Noise: addressing ambient noises, sources, and sensitive receptors;
--Historical and Cultural Resources: addressing historical, 
archaeological, and traditional cultural resources;
--Visual and Scenic Resources: addressing landscape characteristics, 
man-made features and viewshed;
--Socioeconomics: addressing the demography, economic base, labor pool, 
housing, transportation, utilities, public services/facilities, 
education, recreation, and cultural resources;
--Environmental Justice: addressing the potential disproportionately 
high and adverse impacts to minority and low-income populations; and
--Cumulative Effects: addressing the impacts from past, present, and 
reasonably foreseeable actions at and near the site.

    The examples under each resource area are not intended to be all 
inclusive, nor is this list an indication that environmental impacts 
will occur. The list is presented to facilitate comments on the scope 
of the GEIS. Additions to, or deletions from, this list may occur as a 
result of the public scoping process.

4.0 Scoping Meetings

    This NOI is to encourage public involvement in the GEIS process and 
to solicit public comments on the proposed scope and content of the 
GEIS. NRC will hold public scoping meetings as described above to 
solicit both oral and written comments from interested parties.
    Scoping is an early and open process designed to determine the 
range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered 
in the GEIS, and to identify the significant issues related to the 
proposed action. Scoping is intended to solicit input from the public 
and other agencies so that the analysis can be more clearly focused on 
issues of genuine concern. The principal goals of the scoping process 
are to:


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--Identify public concerns;
--Ensure that concerns are identified early and are properly studied;
--Identify alternatives that will be examined;
--Identify significant issues that need to be analyzed; and
--Eliminate unimportant issues.
    The scoping meetings will begin with NRC staff providing a 
description of NRC's role and mission followed by a brief overview of 
NRC's environmental review process and goals of the scoping meeting. 
The bulk of the meeting will be allotted for attendees to make oral 
comments.

5.0 Scoping Comments

    Written comments should be mailed to the address listed above in 
the ADDRESSES section. Scoping comments may also be submitted 
electronically via e-mail to URLGEIS@nrc.gov. The NRC staff will 
prepare a scoping summary report in which it will summarize public 
comments. The NRC will make the scoping summary report and project-
related materials available for public review through its electronic 
reading room: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. Further, an NRC 
Web site will be established in the near future to keep the public 
abreast of the current schedule and to post important documents.

6.0 The NEPA Process

    The GEIS will be prepared according to NEPA and NRC's NEPA 
implementing regulations contained in 10 CFR part 51.
    After the scoping process is complete, the NRC will prepare a draft 
GEIS. The draft GEIS is scheduled to be published by April 2008. A 45-
day comment period on the draft GEIS is planned, and a public 
meeting(s) to receive comments will be held approximately three weeks 
after publication of the draft GEIS. Availability of the draft GEIS, 
the dates of the public comment period, and information about the 
public meeting will be announced in the Federal Register, on NRC's Web 
page, and in the local news media. The final GEIS is expected to be 
published in January 2009 and will incorporate, as appropriate, public 
comments received on the draft GEIS.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 22nd day of August, 2007.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Gregory Suber,
Branch Chief, Environmental Review Branch, Environmental Protection and 
Performance Assessment Directorate, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and 
Environmental Management Programs.
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