Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.; Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, Units 2 and 3; Combined License Application; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Process, 29785-29787 [E8-11500]

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PLACE: Board Room, 7th Floor, Room 7047, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428. STATUS: Open. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES TIME AND DATE: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:03 May 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 1. NCUA’s Outreach Task Force: Data Collection. 2. Board Briefing: Proposed Rule— Part 706 of NCUA’s Rules and Regulations, Unfair or Deceptive Acts or Practices. 3. Proposed Rule: Part 701 of NCUA’s Rules and Regulations, Interpretive Ruling and Policy Statement (IRPS) 08– 2, Criteria to approve service to undeserved areas. 4. Proposed Rule: Part 721 of NCUA’s Rules and Regulations, Incidental Powers. RECESS: 11:15 a.m. TIME AND DATE: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 22, 2008. PLACE: Board Room, 7th Floor, Room 7047, 1775 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314–3428. STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: 1. One (1) Administrative Action under Sections 205, 207, and 208 of the Federal Credit Union Act. Closed pursuant to Exemptions (8), (9)(A)(ii), and (9)(B). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary Rupp, Secretary of the Board, Telephone: 703–518–6304. Mary Rupp, Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. E8–11278 Filed 5–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7535–01–M NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 52–022 and 52–023] Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.; Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant, Units 2 and 3; Combined License Application; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Process Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. (PEC) has submitted an application for a combined license (COL) to build Units 2 and 3 at its Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant (HAR) site, located in the extreme southwestern corner of Wake County, North Carolina with portions located in southeastern Chatham County. The City of Raleigh, North Carolina, is approximately 34.9 kilometers (km) (21.7 miles [mi]) northeast of the site and the City of Sanford, North Carolina, is approximately 26.5 km (16.5 mi) southwest of the site. The HAR site is located just northwest of the existing Shearon Harris Nuclear Power Plant on a peninsula that extends into Harris PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29785 Reservoir. The application for the COL was submitted by PEC via letter dated February 18, 2008, pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 52. A notice of receipt and availability of the application including the environmental report (ER), was published in the Federal Register on March 11, 2008 (72 FR 66200). A notice of acceptance for docketing of the application for the COL was published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2008 (73 FR 21995). A notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for leave to intervene will be published at a later date. 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 the COL 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(c), ‘‘Coordination with the National Environmental Policy Act,’’ the NRC staff plans to coordinate compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) with steps taken to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.8(c), the NRC staff intends to use the process and documentation for the preparation of the EIS on the proposed action to comply with Section 106 of the NHPA in lieu of the procedures set forth on 36 CFR 800.3 through 800.6. In accordance with 10 CFR 51.45 and 51.50, PEC 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 (PAR) 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. The accession number in ADAMS for the ER is ML080601078. 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 1–800–397–4209/301–415–4737 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/harris.html. In addition, the Eva H. Perry Library, 2100 E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 29786 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 100 / Thursday, May 22, 2008 / Notices Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex, NC 27502; West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary, NC 27519; and Holly Springs Library, 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540 have agreed to make the ER available for public inspection. The following key reference documents related to the application and the NRC staff’s review processes 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, Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals 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, h. Fact Sheet on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Process, i. Regulatory 1.206, Combined License Applications for Nuclear Power Plants, and j. NRR Office Instruction LIC–203, Procedural Guidance for Preparing Environmental Assessments and Considering Environmental Issues. The regulations, NUREG-series documents, regulatory guides, and the fact sheet can be found under Document Collections in the ERR on the NRC Web page. The Office Instruction LIC–203 can be found in ADAMS in two parts under the accession numbers ML011710073 (main text) and ML011780314 (charts and figures). 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 COL at the HAR site. Possible alternatives to the proposed action (issuance of the COL for the HAR site) include no action, reasonable alternative energy sources, and alternate sites. The NRC is required by 10 CFR 51.20(b)(2) to prepare an EIS in connection with the issuance of the COL. 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 EIS and immediately thereafter will prepare a draft EIS for public comment. Participation in this scoping process by members of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:03 May 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 that 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. Identify parties consulting with the NRC under the NHPA, as set forth in 36 CFR 800.8(c)(1)(i), g. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation of the environmental analyses and the Commission’s tentative planning and decision-making schedule, h. 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 i. 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; PEC, 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, d. Any affected Indian tribe, e. Any person who requests or has requested an opportunity to participate in the scoping process, and f. 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 two identical public scoping meetings for the EIS regarding PEC COL application. The scoping meeting will be held at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008. The meeting will convene at 12:30 p.m. and PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 will continue until approximately 3 p.m., and again at 6 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8:30 p.m. The meetings 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. No formal comments on the proposed scope of the EIS 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 scope of the NEPA review by contacting Dr. Donald Palmrose or Ms. Tomeka Terry at 1–800–368–5642, extensions 3803 or 1488, respectively. In addition, persons can register via e-mail to the NRC at Harris.COLEIS@nrc.gov no later than June 3, 2008. Members of the public may also register to speak at the meeting prior to 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 Dr. Donald Palmrose or Ms. Tomeka Terry’s attention no later than June 5, 2008, so that the NRC staff can determine whether the request can be accommodated. Members of the public may send written comments on the scope of the HAR COL environmental review to the Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, Editing 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 11555 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 Comment period end E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 100 / Thursday, May 22, 2008 / Notices date July 18, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by e-mail to the NRC at Harris.COLEIS@nrc.gov. Electronic submissions must be sent no later than the Comment period end date of July 18, 2008, to be considered in the scoping process. Comments will be made available electronically and will be accessible through the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room link http://www.nrc.gov/ reading-rm/adams.html. 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 COL will be separately noticed in the Federal Register. At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a concise summary of the determination and conclusions on the scope of the environmental review reached including the significant issues identified, and will be made publicly available. The staff will then prepare and issue for comment the draft EIS, which will be the subject of a separate Federal Register notice and a separate public meeting. Copies will be available for public inspection at the PDR through the above-mentioned address 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 to the public. Information about the proposed action, the EIS, and the scoping process may be obtained from Dr. Donald Palmrose or Ms. Tomeka Terry at 1–800–368–5642, extensions 3803 or 1488, respectively or by e-mail at donald.palmrose@nrc.gov and tomeka.terry@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May, 2008. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission James E. Lyons, Director, Division of Site and Environmental Reviews, Office of New Reactors. [FR Doc. E8–11500 Filed 5–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES [Docket No. 50–346] FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company; Notice of Consideration of Issuance of Amendment to Facility Operating License and Opportunity for a Hearing The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC, or the Commission) is considering issuance of an VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:03 May 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 amendment to Facility Operating License No. NPF–3 issued to FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (the licensee) for operation of the DavisBesse Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 1 (DBNPS), located in Ottawa County, Ohio. The proposed amendment requested by the licensee’s August 3, 2007, license amendment request (LAR) would represent a full conversion from the current technical specifications (CTS) to a set of improved technical specifications (ITS) based on NUREG– 1430, ‘‘Standard Technical Specifications (STS) Babcock and Wilcox Plants,’’ Revision 3.1 dated December 2005 and certain generic changes to the NUREG. The attachment to the licensee’s August 3, 2007, LAR consists of 17 volumes. Volume 1 provides details concerning the application of the selection criteria to the individual DBNPS CTS. Each CTS Specification is evaluated, and a determination is made as to whether or not the CTS Specification meets the criteria in Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Section 50.36(d)(2)(ii) for retention in the proposed ITS. Volume 2 contains the licensee’s evaluation of environmental considerations for the proposed ITS conversion LAR. Volumes 3–16 provide details and safety analyses to support the proposed changes. Volume 17 contains copies of the DBNPS CTS markup pages that have been annotated to show the differences between the CTS and the proposed ITS. NUREG–1430 has been developed by the Commission’s staff through working groups composed of both NRC staff members and industry representatives. It has been endorsed by the NRC staff as part of an industry-wide initiative to standardize and improve the technical specifications (TSs) for nuclear power plants. In addition to the conversion, the licensee proposed or the NRC staff identified 24 beyond scope items (BSIs) where the requirements are different from the CTS and the STS of NUREG– 1430. The BSIs are identified later in this notice. This notice is based on the application dated August 3, 2007, and the information provided to the NRC through the DBNPS ITS Conversion Web page hosted by Excel Services Corporation. To expedite its review of the application, the NRC staff issued its requests for additional information (RAIs) through the DBNPS ITS Conversion Web page and the licensee addressed the RAIs by providing responses on the Web page. Entry into the database is protected so that only PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29787 licensee and NRC reviewers can enter information into the database to add RAIs (NRC) or provide responses to the RAIs (licensee); however, the public can enter the database to read the questions asked and the responses provided. To be in compliance with the regulations for written communications for LARs and to have the database on the DBNPS docket before the amendment is issued, the licensee will submit a copy of the database in a submittal to the NRC after there are no further RAIs and before the amendment is issued. The public can access the Web site by going to http:// www.excelservices.com. Once at the Web site, click on ‘‘Davis Besse’’ on the left side of the screen. Upon clicking the link, the Web site will inform you that ‘‘you are about to enter the DAVIS BESSE Improved Technical Specification Licensing On-Line Question and Answer Database.’’ At this point, click on ‘‘Click Here to continue.’’ This will bring you to the ITS Licensing Database. The RAIs and responses to RAIs are organized by ITS Sections 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 through 3.9, 4.0, and 5.0. For every listed ITS section, there is a RAI which can be read by clicking on the ITS section number. The RAI question(s) and the licensee’s response(s) are contained on the same Web page. The licensee has categorized the proposed changes to the CTS into five general groupings within the discussion of changes (DOC) section of the application. These groupings are characterized as administrative changes (i.e., ITS x.x, DOC A.xx), more restrictive changes (i.e., ITS x.x, DOC M.xx), relocated specifications (i.e., ITS x.x, DOC R.xx), removed detail changes (i.e., ITS x.x, DOC LA.xx), and less restrictive changes (i.e., ITS x.x, DOC L.xx). This is to say that the DOCs are numbered sequentially with each letter designator for each ITS Chapter, Section, or Specification, and the designations are A.xx for administrative changes, M.xx for more restrictive changes, R.xx for relocated specifications, LA.xx for removed detail changes, and L.xx for less restrictive changes. These changes to the requirements of the CTS do not result in operations that will alter assumptions relative to mitigation of an analyzed accident or transient event. Administrative changes are those that involve restructuring, renumbering, rewording interpretation and complex rearranging of requirements and other changes not affecting technical content or substantially revising an operating requirement. The reformatting, renumbering, and rewording process reflects the attributes of NUREG–1430 E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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[Docket Nos. 52-022 and 52-023]


Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc.; Shearon Harris Nuclear Power 
Plant, Units 2 and 3; Combined License Application; Notice of Intent To 
Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement and Conduct Scoping Process

    Progress Energy Carolinas, Inc. (PEC) has submitted an application 
for a combined license (COL) to build Units 2 and 3 at its Shearon 
Harris Nuclear Power Plant (HAR) site, located in the extreme 
southwestern corner of Wake County, North Carolina with portions 
located in southeastern Chatham County. The City of Raleigh, North 
Carolina, is approximately 34.9 kilometers (km) (21.7 miles [mi]) 
northeast of the site and the City of Sanford, North Carolina, is 
approximately 26.5 km (16.5 mi) southwest of the site. The HAR site is 
located just northwest of the existing Shearon Harris Nuclear Power 
Plant on a peninsula that extends into Harris Reservoir. The 
application for the COL was submitted by PEC via letter dated February 
18, 2008, pursuant to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 
52. A notice of receipt and availability of the application including 
the environmental report (ER), was published in the Federal Register on 
March 11, 2008 (72 FR 66200).
    A notice of acceptance for docketing of the application for the COL 
was published in the Federal Register on April 23, 2008 (73 FR 21995). 
A notice of hearing and opportunity to petition for leave to intervene 
will be published at a later date. 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 the COL 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(c), ``Coordination with 
the National Environmental Policy Act,'' the NRC staff plans to 
coordinate compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act (NHPA) with steps taken to meet the requirements of 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). 
Pursuant to 36 CFR 800.8(c), the NRC staff intends to use the process 
and documentation for the preparation of the EIS on the proposed action 
to comply with Section 106 of the NHPA in lieu of the procedures set 
forth on 36 CFR 800.3 through 800.6.
    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.45 and 51.50, PEC 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 (PAR) 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. The accession number in ADAMS 
for the ER is ML080601078. 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 1-800-397-4209/301-415-
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/
harris.html. In addition, the Eva H. Perry Library, 2100

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Shepherd's Vineyard Drive, Apex, NC 27502; West Regional Library, 4000 
Louis Stephens Drive, Cary, NC 27519; and Holly Springs Library, 300 
West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540 have agreed to make the 
ER available for public inspection. The following key reference 
documents related to the application and the NRC staff's review 
processes 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, Licenses, Certifications, and Approvals 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,
    h. Fact Sheet on Nuclear Power Plant Licensing Process,
    i. Regulatory 1.206, Combined License Applications for Nuclear 
Power Plants, and
    j. NRR Office Instruction LIC-203, Procedural Guidance for 
Preparing Environmental Assessments and Considering Environmental 
Issues.
    The regulations, NUREG-series documents, regulatory guides, and the 
fact sheet can be found under Document Collections in the ERR on the 
NRC Web page. The Office Instruction LIC-203 can be found in ADAMS in 
two parts under the accession numbers ML011710073 (main text) and 
ML011780314 (charts and figures).
    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 COL at the HAR site. Possible alternatives to the 
proposed action (issuance of the COL for the HAR site) include no 
action, reasonable alternative energy sources, and alternate sites. The 
NRC is required by 10 CFR 51.20(b)(2) to prepare an EIS in connection 
with the issuance of the COL. 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 EIS and 
immediately 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 that 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. Identify parties consulting with the NRC under the NHPA, as set 
forth in 36 CFR 800.8(c)(1)(i),
    g. Indicate the relationship between the timing of the preparation 
of the environmental analyses and the Commission's tentative planning 
and decision-making schedule,
    h. 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
    i. 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; PEC,
    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,
    d. Any affected Indian tribe,
    e. Any person who requests or has requested an opportunity to 
participate in the scoping process, and
    f. 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 two identical public scoping 
meetings for the EIS regarding PEC COL application. The scoping meeting 
will be held at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 West Ballentine 
Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008. The meeting 
will convene at 12:30 p.m. and will continue until approximately 3 
p.m., and again at 6 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8:30 
p.m. The meetings 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. No formal comments on the proposed scope 
of the EIS 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 scope of the NEPA 
review by contacting Dr. Donald Palmrose or Ms. Tomeka Terry at 1-800-
368-5642, extensions 3803 or 1488, respectively. In addition, persons 
can register via e-mail to the NRC at Harris.COLEIS@nrc.gov no later 
than June 3, 2008.
    Members of the public may also register to speak at the meeting 
prior to 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 Dr. Donald Palmrose or 
Ms. Tomeka Terry's attention no later than June 5, 2008, so that the 
NRC staff can determine whether the request can be accommodated.
    Members of the public may send written comments on the scope of the 
HAR COL environmental review to the Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, 
Editing 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 11555 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 Comment period end

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date July 18, 2008. Electronic comments may be sent by e-mail to the 
NRC at Harris.COLEIS@nrc.gov. Electronic submissions must be sent no 
later than the Comment period end date of July 18, 2008, to be 
considered in the scoping process. Comments will be made available 
electronically and will be accessible through the NRC's Electronic 
Reading Room link http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html.
    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 COL will be 
separately noticed in the Federal Register.
    At the conclusion of the scoping process, the NRC will prepare a 
concise summary of the determination and conclusions on the scope of 
the environmental review reached including the significant issues 
identified, and will be made publicly available. The staff will then 
prepare and issue for comment the draft EIS, which will be the subject 
of a separate Federal Register notice and a separate public meeting. 
Copies will be available for public inspection at the PDR through the 
above-mentioned address 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 to the public. 
Information about the proposed action, the EIS, and the scoping process 
may be obtained from Dr. Donald Palmrose or Ms. Tomeka Terry at 1-800-
368-5642, extensions 3803 or 1488, respectively or by e-mail at 
donald.palmrose@nrc.gov and tomeka.terry@nrc.gov.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May, 2008.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
James E. Lyons,
Director, Division of Site and Environmental Reviews, Office of New 
Reactors.
[FR Doc. E8-11500 Filed 5-21-08; 8:45 am]
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