Crow Butte Resources, Inc.; Establishment of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board, 71448-71449 [E7-24387]

Download as PDF ebenthall on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES 71448 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 241 / Monday, December 17, 2007 / Notices ACCSH Work Group Meetings: The following ACCSH Work Groups will meet on Wednesday, January 23, 2008 in Room N 3437 B/C/D of the Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20210: • The Residential Fall Protection Work Group will meet from 9 to 11:30 a.m.; • The Diversity and Multilingual Work Group will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Building Access, Department of Labor Security: Members of the public attending the ACCSH or ACCSH Work Group meetings in the Department of Labor’s Frances Perkins Building will be required to enter and exit through Building Security at the 3rd and C Streets, NW., ‘‘Visitors’ Entrance.’’ Attendees must present valid government-issued photo identification and sign the log to enter the building. They should proceed to the North elevator banks and go to the third floor. 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E7–24256 Filed 12–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4510–26–P PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40–8943–MLA; ASLBP No. 07– 859–03–MLA–BD01] Crow Butte Resources, Inc.; Establishment of Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Pursuant to delegation by the Commission dated December 29, 1972, published in the Federal Register, 37 FR 28,710 (1972), and the Commission’s regulations, see 10 CFR 2.104, 2.300, 2.303, 2.309, 2.311, 2.318, and 2.321, notice is hereby given that an Atomic Safety and Licensing Board is being established to preside over the following proceeding: Crow Butte Resources, Inc., In-Situ Leach Uranium Recovery Facility, Crawford, Nebraska, License Amendment for the North Trend Expansion Area) This Board is being established in response to requests for hearing that were filed pursuant to a Notice of Opportunity for Hearing posted on NRC’s Public Web site on September 13, 2007 regarding a Request for License Amendment submitted by Crow Butte Resources, Inc. (‘‘CBR’’) on May 30, 2007 that would allow CBR to develop a satellite facility near its existing insitu leach uranium recovery facility in Crawford, Nebraska. This proceeding concerns the requests for hearing and petitions for intervention submitted by: (1) Debra L. White Plume; (2) Debra L. White Plume, Director, Owe Aku, Bring Back the Way; (3) Western Nebraska Resources Council; (4) Thomas Kanatakeniate Cook; (5) Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Corporation; (6) Chadron Native American Center, Inc.; and (7) High Plains Community Development Corporation. The Board is comprised of the following administrative judges: Ann Marshall Young, Chair, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. Dr. Richard F. Cole, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. Dr. Frederick W. Oliver, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. All correspondence, documents, and other materials shall be filed with the administrative judges in accordance with 10 CFR 2.302. E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 241 / Monday, December 17, 2007 / Notices Issued at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of December 2007. E. Roy Hawkens, Chief Administrative Judge, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel. [FR Doc. E7–24387 Filed 12–14–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 50–317] Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Inc.; Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Unit No. 1; Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuance of an exemption from Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 50.46 and Appendix K to Part 50 for Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR–53, issued to Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Unit No. 1 (Calvert Cliffs 1), located in Calvert County, Maryland. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC is issuing this environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact. Environmental Assessment Identification of Proposed Action The proposed exemption would allow the licensee to reinsert up to four lead fuel assemblies (LFAs), two of which contain cladding with advanced zirconium-based alloys manufactured by Westinghouse Electric Company (Westinghouse), and two of which contain cladding with M5TM alloy manufactured by AREVA, into the Unit 1 core during Cycle 19. The four LFAs were previously inserted into the Unit 2 core in April of 2003. The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee’s application dated February 23, 2007. ebenthall on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES The Need for the Proposed Action 10 CFR 50.46 and 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix K make no provisions for use of fuel rods clad in a material other than Zircaloy or ZIRLO. Since the material specifications of the advanced zirconium-based and M5TM alloys differ from the specification for Zircaloy or ZIRLO, a plant-specific exemption is required to support the use of the four LFAs for Calvert Cliffs 1. If the exemption were not approved, the licensee would not gain practical experience in order to assess performance of the cladding material at higher burnups. The proposed action is needed to support future fuel load VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:28 Dec 14, 2007 Jkt 214001 capabilities by allowing the use of higher enriched fuel, which can provide the flexibility of extending fuel irradiation. Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC has completed its evaluation of the proposed action and concludes that the exemption described above would continue to satisfy the underlying purpose of 10 CFR 50.46 and 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix K and will not present an undue risk to the public health and safety. Previously, the Westinghouse safety evaluation (WCAP–15874–NP, Revision 0, ‘‘Safety Analysis Report for Use of Improved Zirconium-based Cladding Materials in Calvert Cliffs Unit 2 Batch T Lead Fuel Assemblies,’’ dated April 2002) and approved Framatome ANP topical report (BAW–10227P–A, ‘‘Evaluation of Advanced Cladding and Structural Material (M5) in PWR [Pressurized Water Reactor] Reactor Fuel,’’ Framatome Cogema Fuels, February 2000) demonstrated that the predicted chemical, mechanical, and material performance of the advanced zirconium and M5TM cladding are acceptable under all anticipated operational occurrences and postulated accidents. The LFAs will be placed in core locations to permit higher burnups to be achieved for these LFAs. In the event that cladding failures occur in the LFAs, the environmental impact would be minimal and is bounded by the previous environmental assessments. The exemption, which would be effective during the Unit 1 Cycle 19 fuel cycle, would allow the fuel to be irradiated to levels above 60 gigawatt days per metric ton (GWd/MTU), but not to exceed 70 GWd/MTU. The safety considerations associated with reactor operation with extended irradiation have been evaluated by the NRC staff. The NRC staff has concluded that such changes would not adversely affect plant safety, and would have no adverse effect on the probability of any accident. For accidents in which the core remains intact, fuel rod integrity has been shown to be unaffected by the extended burnup under consideration; therefore, the probability of an accident will not be affected. For accidents that involve damage or melting of the fuel in the reactor core, the increased burnup may slightly change the mix of fission products that could be released in the event of a serious accident, but because the radionuclides contributing most to the dose are short-lived, increased burnup would not have an effect on the consequences of a serious accident beyond those accident scenarios PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71449 previously evaluated. Increases in projected consequences of postulated accidents associated with fuel burnup up to 70 GWd/MTU are not considered significant, and remain well below regulatory limits. Regulatory limits on radiological effluent releases are independent of burnup. The requirements of 10 CFR 50.36a and Appendix I to 10 CFR Part 50 ensure that any release of gaseous, liquid, or solid radiological effluents to unrestricted areas are kept ‘‘as low as reasonably achievable.’’ Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that during routine operations, there will be no significant increase in the amount of gaseous radiological effluents released into the environment as a result of the proposed action, nor will there be a significant increase in the amount of liquid radiological effluents or solid radiological effluents released into the environment. No significant increase in the allowable individual or cumulative occupational radiation exposure will occur. The impact to workers is expected to be reduced with higher irradiation due to the need for less frequent outages for fuel changes and less frequent fuel shipments to and from reactor sites. The use of extended irradiation will not change the potential environmental impacts of incident-free transportation of spent nuclear fuel or the accident risks associated with spent fuel transportation if the fuel is cooled for 5 years after discharge from the reactor. A report by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) for the NRC (NUREG/CR–6703, ‘‘Environmental Effects of Extending Fuel burnup Above 60 Gwd/MTU,’’ January 2001), concluded that doses associated with incident-free transportation of spent fuel with burnup to 75 GWd/MTU are bounded by the doses given in 10 CFR 51.52, Table S–4, for all regions of the country if dose rates from the shipping casks are maintained within regulatory limits. Increased fuel burnup will decrease the annual discharge of fuel to the spent fuel pool, which will postpone the need to remove spent fuel from the pool. With regard to potential nonradiological environmental impacts of reactor operation with extended irradiation, the proposed changes involve systems located within the restricted area as defined in 10 CFR Part 20. Therefore, the proposed action does not result in any significant changes to land use or water use, or result in any significant changes to the quality or quantity of effluents. The proposed action does not affect non-radiological E:\FR\FM\17DEN1.SGM 17DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 241 (Monday, December 17, 2007)]
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[Docket No. 40-8943-MLA; ASLBP No. 07-859-03-MLA-BD01]


Crow Butte Resources, Inc.; Establishment of Atomic Safety and 
Licensing Board

    Pursuant to delegation by the Commission dated December 29, 1972, 
published in the Federal Register, 37 FR 28,710 (1972), and the 
Commission's regulations, see 10 CFR 2.104, 2.300, 2.303, 2.309, 2.311, 
2.318, and 2.321, notice is hereby given that an Atomic Safety and 
Licensing Board is being established to preside over the following 
proceeding:

Crow Butte Resources, Inc., In-Situ Leach Uranium Recovery Facility, 
Crawford, Nebraska, License Amendment for the North Trend Expansion 
Area)

    This Board is being established in response to requests for hearing 
that were filed pursuant to a Notice of Opportunity for Hearing posted 
on NRC's Public Web site on September 13, 2007 regarding a Request for 
License Amendment submitted by Crow Butte Resources, Inc. (``CBR'') on 
May 30, 2007 that would allow CBR to develop a satellite facility near 
its existing in-situ leach uranium recovery facility in Crawford, 
Nebraska. This proceeding concerns the requests for hearing and 
petitions for intervention submitted by: (1) Debra L. White Plume; (2) 
Debra L. White Plume, Director, Owe Aku, Bring Back the Way; (3) 
Western Nebraska Resources Council; (4) Thomas Kanatakeniate Cook; (5) 
Slim Buttes Agricultural Development Corporation; (6) Chadron Native 
American Center, Inc.; and (7) High Plains Community Development 
Corporation.
    The Board is comprised of the following administrative judges:

Ann Marshall Young, Chair, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
Dr. Richard F. Cole, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
Dr. Frederick W. Oliver, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.

    All correspondence, documents, and other materials shall be filed 
with the administrative judges in accordance with 10 CFR 2.302.


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    Issued at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of December 2007.
E. Roy Hawkens,
Chief Administrative Judge, Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel.
[FR Doc. E7-24387 Filed 12-14-07; 8:45 am]
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