South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company South Texas Project Site, Units 3 & 4; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Process, 72774-72775 [E7-24875]

Download as PDF 72774 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–012 and 52–013] mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company South Texas Project Site, Units 3 & 4; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Process South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) has submitted an application for combined licenses (COLs) for its South Texas Project (STP) site to build Units 3 & 4, located on approximately 12,200 acres in a rural area of Matagorda County, Texas, approximately 12 miles southsouthwest of the city limits of Bay City, Texas, and 10 miles north of Matagorda Bay, along the west bank of the Colorado River. The application for the COLs was submitted by STPNOC by letter dated October 1, 2007, pursuant to 10 CFR Part 52. A notice of receipt of application, including the environmental report (ER), was published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2007 (72 FR 60394). A notice of acceptance for docketing of the application for COLs for STP was published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2007, (72 FR 68597). The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) in support of the review of the application for COLs and to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in the environmental scoping process as defined in 10 CFR 51.29. In addition, as outlined in 36 CFR 800.8, ‘‘Coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act,’’ the NRC plans to coordinate compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in meeting the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). In accordance with 10 CFR 51.45 and 51.50, STPNOC submitted the ER as part of the application. The ER was prepared pursuant to 10 CFR Parts 51 and 52 and is available for public inspection at the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland 20852, or from the Publicly Available Records component of NRC’s Agency-wide 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 (ERR) link. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS, or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 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 application may also be viewed on the Internet at http:// www.nrc.gov/reactors/new-licensing/ col/south-texas-project.html. In addition, the Bay City Public Library, 1100 7th Street, Bay City, Texas 77414 has agreed to make the ER available for public inspection. The following key reference documents related to the application and the NRC staff’s review process are available through the NRC’s Web site at http://www.nrc.gov: a. 10 CFR part 51, Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions; b. 10 CFR part 52, Early Site Permits (ESP); standard design certifications; and combined licenses for nuclear power plants; c. 10 CFR part 100, Reactor Site Criteria; d. NUREG–1555, Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for Nuclear Power Plants; e. NUREG/BR–0298, Brochure on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Process; f. Regulatory Guide 4.2, Preparation of Environmental Reports for Nuclear Power Stations; g. Regulatory Guide 4.7, General Site Suitability Criteria for Nuclear Power Stations; and h. Fact Sheet on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Process. The regulations, NUREG-series documents, regulatory guide(s), and fact sheet can be found under Document Collections in the ERR on the NRC webpage. This notice advises the public that the NRC intends to gather the information necessary to prepare an EIS in support of the review of the application for COLs at the STP site. Possible alternatives to the proposed action (issuance of the COLs at the STP site) include no action and alternate sites. The NRC is required by 10 CFR 52.18 to prepare an EIS in connection with the issuance of COLs. This notice is being published in accordance with NEPA and the NRC’s regulations found in 10 CFR part 51. The NRC will first conduct a scoping process for the COLs and, as soon as practicable thereafter, will prepare a draft EIS for public comment. Participation in this scoping process by members of the public, local, State, Tribal, and Federal government agencies is encouraged. The scoping process for the draft EIS will be used to accomplish the following: PO 00000 Frm 00110 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a. Define the proposed action which is to be the subject of the EIS; b. Determine the scope of the EIS and identify the significant issues to be analyzed In-depth; c. Identify and eliminate from detailed study those issues that are peripheral or that are not significant; d. Identify any environmental assessments and other EISs that are being or will be prepared that are related to but are not part of the scope of the EIS being considered; e. Identify other environmental review and consultation requirements related to the proposed action; f. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation of the environmental analyses and the Commission’s tentative planning and decision-making schedule; g. Identify any cooperating agencies and, as appropriate, allocate assignments for preparation and schedules for completing the EIS to the NRC and any cooperating agencies; and h. Describe how the EIS will be prepared, including any contractor assistance to be used. The NRC invites the following entities to participate in the scoping process: a. The applicant; b. Any Federal agency that has jurisdiction by law or special expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved, or that is authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards; c. Affected State and local government agencies, including those authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards including the State Historic Preservation Officer; d. Any affected Indian tribe including the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer; e. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; f. Any person who requests or has requested an opportunity to participate in the scoping process; and g. Any person who intends to petition for leave to intervene. In accordance with 10 CFR 51.26, the scoping process for an EIS may include a public scoping meeting to help identify significant issues related to a proposed activity and to determine the scope of issues to be addressed in an EIS. The NRC will hold a public scoping meeting for the EIS regarding STPNOC’s COL applications. The scoping meeting will be held at the Bay City Civic Center, 201 7th Street, Bay City, Texas 77414, on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. The meeting will convene at 1:30 p.m., and will continue until 4:30 p.m., and again at 7:00 p.m., and will continue until 10:00 p.m., as necessary. The E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 245 / Friday, December 21, 2007 / Notices meeting will be transcribed and will include the following: (1) An overview by the NRC staff of the NEPA environmental review process, the proposed scope of the EIS, and the proposed review schedule; (2) the opportunity for interested Government agencies, organizations, and individuals to submit comments or suggestions on the environmental issues or the proposed scope of the EIS. Additionally, the NRC staff will host informal discussions for one hour prior to the start of each public meeting at the Bay City Civic Center. No formal comments on the proposed scope of the COLs will be accepted during the informal discussions. To be considered, comments must be provided either at the transcribed public meeting or in writing, as discussed below. Persons may register to attend or present oral comments at the meeting on the NEPA scoping process by contacting Ms. Cristina Guerrero by telephone at 1 (800) 368–5642, extension 2981, or by Internet to the NRC at STP_COL@nrc.gov, no later than January 29, 2008. Members of the public may also register to speak at the meeting within 15 minutes of the start of the session. Individual oral comments may be limited by the time available, depending on the number of persons who register. Members of the public who have not registered may also have an opportunity to speak, if time permits. Public comments will be considered in the scoping process for the EIS. If special equipment or accommodations are needed to attend or present information at the public meeting, the need should be brought to Ms. Guerrero’s attention no later than January 29, 2008, so that the NRC staff can determine whether the request can be accommodated. Members of the public may send written comments on the environmental scoping process for the EIS to the Chief, Rules and Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of Administration, Mailstop T–6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, and should cite the publication date and page number of this Federal Register notice. Comments may be handdelivered to the NRC at 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. To be considered in the scoping process, written comments must be postmarked or delivered by February 18, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by the Internet to the NRC at STP_COL@nrc.gov. Electronic submissions must be sent no later than February 18, 2008, to be considered in VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:37 Dec 20, 2007 Jkt 214001 the scoping process. The staff will not consider comments submitted later than as specified above unless time permits. Comments will be available electronically and accessible through the NRC’s ERR link http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/adams.html at the NRC Homepage. Participation in the scoping process for the EIS does not entitle participants to become parties to the proceeding to which the EIS relates. Notice of a hearing regarding the application for COLs will be the subject of a future Federal Register notice. At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a concise summary of the determination and conclusions reached, including the significant issues identified, and will send a copy of the summary to each participant in the scoping process. The summary will also be available for inspection through the ERR link. The staff will then prepare and issue for comment the draft EIS, which will be the subject of separate notices and a separate public meeting. Copies will be available for public inspection at the above-mentioned addresses, and one copy per request will be provided free of charge. After receipt and consideration of the comments, the NRC will prepare a final EIS, which will also be available for public inspection. Information about the proposed action, the EIS, and the scoping process may be obtained from Paul Kallan at (301) 415–2809 or PBK1@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of December, 2007. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. James E. Lyons, Director, Division of Site and Environmental Reviews, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. E7–24875 Filed 12–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Independent External Review Panel To Identify Vulnerabilities in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Materials Licensing Program: Meeting Notice U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NRC will convene a meeting of the Independent External Review Panel to Identify Vulnerabilities in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s (NRC) Materials Licensing Program from January 14 through January 18, 2008. A sample of agenda items to be discussed PO 00000 Frm 00111 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72775 during the public session includes: (1) The NRC’s license reviewer training and oversight programs and (2) the NRC’s Agreement State program. A copy of the agenda for the meeting can be obtained by e-mailing Mr. Aaron T. McCraw at the contact information below. Purpose: Continue the panel’s assessment of the NRC’s licensing program by exploring license reviewer training and oversight and the Agreement State program. Date and Time for Closed Sessions: January 18, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This session will be closed so that NRC staff and the Review Panel can discuss safeguards information and predecisional information pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 552b (c)(3) and 5 U.S.C. 552b (c)(9)(B), respectively. Date and Time for Open Sessions: January 14, 2008, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m; and January 15–17, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Address for Public Meeting: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Two White Flint North Building, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Specific room locations will be indicated for each day on the agenda. Public Participation: Any member of the public who wishes to participate in the meeting should contact Mr. McCraw using the information below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aaron T. McCraw, e-mail: atm@nrc.gov, telephone: (301) 415–1277. Conduct of the Meeting Mr. Thomas E. Hill will chair the meeting. Mr. Hill 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 an electronic copy to Mr. McCraw at the contact information listed above. All submittals must be received by January 7, 2008, and must pertain to the topics on the agenda for the meeting. 2. Questions and comments 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 at the NRC Public Document Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852–2738, telephone (800) 397–4209, on or about May 8, 2008. 4. Persons who require special services, such as those for the hearing impaired, should notify Mr. McCraw of their planned attendance. This meeting will be held in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (primarily Section E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company South Texas Project 
Site, Units 3 & 4; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement and Conduct Scoping Process

    South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company (STPNOC) has 
submitted an application for combined licenses (COLs) for its South 
Texas Project (STP) site to build Units 3 & 4, located on approximately 
12,200 acres in a rural area of Matagorda County, Texas, approximately 
12 miles south-southwest of the city limits of Bay City, Texas, and 10 
miles north of Matagorda Bay, along the west bank of the Colorado 
River. The application for the COLs was submitted by STPNOC by letter 
dated October 1, 2007, pursuant to 10 CFR Part 52. A notice of receipt 
of application, including the environmental report (ER), was published 
in the Federal Register on October 24, 2007 (72 FR 60394). A notice of 
acceptance for docketing of the application for COLs for STP was 
published in the Federal Register on December 5, 2007, (72 FR 68597). 
The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will be preparing an environmental 
impact statement (EIS) in support of the review of the application for 
COLs and to provide the public with an opportunity to participate in 
the environmental scoping process as defined in 10 CFR 51.29. In 
addition, as outlined in 36 CFR 800.8, ``Coordination with the National 
Environmental Policy Act,'' the NRC plans to coordinate compliance with 
Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act in meeting the 
requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.45 and 51.50, STPNOC submitted the ER 
as part of the application. The ER was prepared pursuant to 10 CFR 
Parts 51 and 52 and is available for public inspection at the NRC 
Public Document Room (PDR) located at One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland 20852, or from the 
Publicly Available Records component of NRC's Agency-wide 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 (ERR) 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 
application may also be viewed on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov/
reactors/new-licensing/col/south-texas-project.html. In addition, the 
Bay City Public Library, 1100 7th Street, Bay City, Texas 77414 has 
agreed to make the ER available for public inspection.
    The following key reference documents related to the application 
and the NRC staff's review process are available through the NRC's Web 
site at http://www.nrc.gov:
    a. 10 CFR part 51, Environmental Protection Regulations for 
Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions;
    b. 10 CFR part 52, Early Site Permits (ESP); standard design 
certifications; and combined licenses for nuclear power plants;
    c. 10 CFR part 100, Reactor Site Criteria;
    d. NUREG-1555, Standard Review Plans for Environmental Reviews for 
Nuclear Power Plants;
    e. NUREG/BR-0298, Brochure on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing 
Process;
    f. Regulatory Guide 4.2, Preparation of Environmental Reports for 
Nuclear Power Stations;
    g. Regulatory Guide 4.7, General Site Suitability Criteria for 
Nuclear Power Stations; and
    h. Fact Sheet on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Process.
    The regulations, NUREG-series documents, regulatory guide(s), and 
fact sheet can be found under Document Collections in the ERR on the 
NRC webpage.
    This notice advises the public that the NRC intends to gather the 
information necessary to prepare an EIS in support of the review of the 
application for COLs at the STP site. Possible alternatives to the 
proposed action (issuance of the COLs at the STP site) include no 
action and alternate sites. The NRC is required by 10 CFR 52.18 to 
prepare an EIS in connection with the issuance of COLs. This notice is 
being published in accordance with NEPA and the NRC's regulations found 
in 10 CFR part 51.
    The NRC will first conduct a scoping process for the COLs and, as 
soon as practicable thereafter, will prepare a draft EIS for public 
comment. Participation in this scoping process by members of the 
public, local, State, Tribal, and Federal government agencies is 
encouraged. The scoping process for the draft EIS will be used to 
accomplish the following:
    a. Define the proposed action which is to be the subject of the 
EIS;
    b. Determine the scope of the EIS and identify the significant 
issues to be analyzed In-depth;
    c. Identify and eliminate from detailed study those issues that are 
peripheral or that are not significant;
    d. Identify any environmental assessments and other EISs that are 
being or will be prepared that are related to but are not part of the 
scope of the EIS being considered;
    e. Identify other environmental review and consultation 
requirements related to the proposed action;
    f. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation 
of the environmental analyses and the Commission's tentative planning 
and decision-making schedule;
    g. Identify any cooperating agencies and, as appropriate, allocate 
assignments for preparation and schedules for completing the EIS to the 
NRC and any cooperating agencies; and
    h. Describe how the EIS will be prepared, including any contractor 
assistance to be used.
    The NRC invites the following entities to participate in the 
scoping process:
    a. The applicant;
    b. Any Federal agency that has jurisdiction by law or special 
expertise with respect to any environmental impact involved, or that is 
authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards;
    c. Affected State and local government agencies, including those 
authorized to develop and enforce relevant environmental standards 
including the State Historic Preservation Officer;
    d. Any affected Indian tribe including the Tribal Historic 
Preservation Officer;
    e. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation;
    f. Any person who requests or has requested an opportunity to 
participate in the scoping process; and
    g. Any person who intends to petition for leave to intervene.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.26, the scoping process for an EIS may 
include a public scoping meeting to help identify significant issues 
related to a proposed activity and to determine the scope of issues to 
be addressed in an EIS. The NRC will hold a public scoping meeting for 
the EIS regarding STPNOC's COL applications. The scoping meeting will 
be held at the Bay City Civic Center, 201 7th Street, Bay City, Texas 
77414, on Tuesday, February 5, 2008. The meeting will convene at 1:30 
p.m., and will continue until 4:30 p.m., and again at 7:00 p.m., and 
will continue until 10:00 p.m., as necessary. The

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meeting will be transcribed and will include the following:
    (1) An overview by the NRC staff of the NEPA environmental review 
process, the proposed scope of the EIS, and the proposed review 
schedule; (2) the opportunity for interested Government agencies, 
organizations, and individuals to submit comments or suggestions on the 
environmental issues or the proposed scope of the EIS. Additionally, 
the NRC staff will host informal discussions for one hour prior to the 
start of each public meeting at the Bay City Civic Center. No formal 
comments on the proposed scope of the COLs will be accepted during the 
informal discussions. To be considered, comments must be provided 
either at the transcribed public meeting or in writing, as discussed 
below. Persons may register to attend or present oral comments at the 
meeting on the NEPA scoping process by contacting Ms. Cristina Guerrero 
by telephone at 1 (800) 368-5642, extension 2981, or by Internet to the 
NRC at STP_COL@nrc.gov, no later than January 29, 2008. Members of the 
public may also register to speak at the meeting within 15 minutes of 
the start of the session. Individual oral comments may be limited by 
the time available, depending on the number of persons who register. 
Members of the public who have not registered may also have an 
opportunity to speak, if time permits. Public comments will be 
considered in the scoping process for the EIS. If special equipment or 
accommodations are needed to attend or present information at the 
public meeting, the need should be brought to Ms. Guerrero's attention 
no later than January 29, 2008, so that the NRC staff can determine 
whether the request can be accommodated.
    Members of the public may send written comments on the 
environmental scoping process for the EIS to the Chief, Rules and 
Directives Branch, Division of Administrative Services, Office of 
Administration, Mailstop T-6D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001, and should cite the publication date and 
page number of this Federal Register notice. Comments may be hand-
delivered to the NRC at 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland, 
between 7:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. on Federal workdays. To be considered 
in the scoping process, written comments must be postmarked or 
delivered by February 18, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by the 
Internet to the NRC at STP_COL@nrc.gov. Electronic submissions must be 
sent no later than February 18, 2008, to be considered in the scoping 
process. The staff will not consider comments submitted later than as 
specified above unless time permits. Comments will be available 
electronically and accessible through the NRC's ERR link http://
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html at the NRC Homepage.
    Participation in the scoping process for the EIS does not entitle 
participants to become parties to the proceeding to which the EIS 
relates. Notice of a hearing regarding the application for COLs will be 
the subject of a future Federal Register notice.
    At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a 
concise summary of the determination and conclusions reached, including 
the significant issues identified, and will send a copy of the summary 
to each participant in the scoping process. The summary will also be 
available for inspection through the ERR link. The staff will then 
prepare and issue for comment the draft EIS, which will be the subject 
of separate notices and a separate public meeting. Copies will be 
available for public inspection at the above-mentioned addresses, and 
one copy per request will be provided free of charge. After receipt and 
consideration of the comments, the NRC will prepare a final EIS, which 
will also be available for public inspection.
    Information about the proposed action, the EIS, and the scoping 
process may be obtained from Paul Kallan at (301) 415-2809 or 
PBK1@nrc.gov.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of December, 2007.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James E. Lyons,
Director, Division of Site and Environmental Reviews, Office of New 
Reactors.
[FR Doc. E7-24875 Filed 12-20-07; 8:45 am]
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