Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, 62151-62153 [2010-25276]

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Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA Ted Carter, Project Manager, Materials Decommissioning Branch, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Two White Flint North, Mail Stop T8 F5, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852–2738 Telephone: (301) 414–5543; fax number: (301) 415–5369; e-mail: ted.carter@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD 14:42 Oct 06, 2010 Lester A. Heltzer, Executive Secretary, (202) 273–1067. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. BILLING CODE 7515–01–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2010–25408 Filed 10–6–10; 8:45 am] TIME AND DATES: representation or unfair labor practice proceedings under section 8, 9, or 10 of the [National Labor Relations] Act, or any court proceedings collateral or ancillary thereto.’’ See also 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(10). Introduction The NRC is considering the issuance of a license amendment to Material License No. R–61 issued to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) to authorize decommissioning of its Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility (LCWNRF) located on the campus of WPI in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts for unrestricted use and termination of this license. NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) (ML102020428) in support of this amendment in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The amendment will be issued following the publication of this Notice. PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62151 Environmental Assessment Identification of the Proposed Action By letter dated March 31, 2009, (ADAMS ML090960651), as supplemented on September 30, 2009 (ADAMS ML092880231), the licensee submitted a Decommissioning Plan (DP) in accordance with 10 CFR 50.82(b)(1), in order to dismantle the 10-kw (thermal) General Electric (GE) Reactor, to dispose of its component parts and radioactive material, and to decontaminate the facilities in accordance with the proposed DP to meet the NRC’s unrestricted release criteria. After the NRC verifies that the release criteria have been met, Facility Operating License No. R–61 will be terminated. The licensee submitted an environmental report as part of the Final DP, dated September 2009, that addressed the estimated environmental impacts resulting from decommissioning the GE Reactor. The reactor is permanently shutdown, with the fuel removed from the core and stored in racks in the reactor pool. The objective of the decommissioning is the release of the reactor facility for unrestricted use. A notice of license amendment request and opportunity to request a hearing was published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2010 (75 FR 10519–10524). No requests for a hearing were received. Need for the Proposed Action The proposed action is necessary because of WPI’s decision to permanently cease operations at the LCWNRF. As specified in 10 CFR 50.82, any licensee may permanently cease operation and apply to the NRC for license termination and authorization to decommission the affected facility. Further, 10 CFR 51.53(d) provides that each applicant for a license amendment to authorize decommissioning of a production or utilization facility shall submit an environmental report with its application that reflects any new information or significant environmental changes associated with the proposed decommissioning activities. WPI is planning unrestricted use for the area that would be released. Environmental Impact of the Proposed Action Many of the potential environmental impacts that would normally be associated with a decommissioning project are not applicable to the WPI decommissioning program. The factors distinguishing the WPI decommissioning program include: The small size of the facility, the limited E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES 62152 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 194 / Thursday, October 7, 2010 / Notices scope of the planned decontamination and decommissioning work, the short duration of the proposed work, and the small radiological inventory within this facility. Based upon the work scope and approach described in the WPI DP, the potential for negative impact to the environment during the decommissioning of the WPI research reactor is small or not applicable. The DP states that all decontamination will be performed by trained personnel in accordance with the requirements of the radiation protection program, and will be overseen by a radiation safety officer with multiple years of experience in decommissioning health physics practices. All reactor and pool components will be removed from the facility as low level radioactive waste and managed in accordance with NRC requirements. The licensee estimates the total radiation exposure for the decommissioning process to be about 0.5 person-rem. In addition, by keeping the public at a safe distance, using access control, and by using the approved DP and WPI’s radiation protection program to control effluent releases, the licensee expects the radiation exposure to the general public to be negligible. The licensee’s conclusion is consistent with the estimate given for the ‘‘reference research reactor’’ in NUREG–0586, ‘‘Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement on Decommissioning of the Nuclear Facilities, August 1988.’’ Occupational and public exposure may result from offsite disposal of the low-level radioactive waste from the LCWNRF, which includes the GE reactor. In the DP the licensee stated that the handling, storage, and shipment of this radioactive waste will meet the requirements of subpart D, ‘‘Technical Requirements for Land Disposal Facilities,’’ of 10 CFR part 61, ‘‘Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of Radioactive Waste,’’ 10 CFR part 71, ‘‘Packaging and Transportation of Radioactive Material’’ and 10 CFR 20.2006, ‘‘Transfer for Disposal and Manifests.’’ Low-level radioactive waste will be processed and package for disposal at a licensed low-level waste site such as the EnergySolutions, LLC facility in Clive, Utah. The NRC regulations at 10 CFR 20.1402 provide radiological criteria for release of a site for unrestricted use. Release criteria for unrestricted use is a Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE) of less than 25 mrem per year from residual radioactivity above background and that the residual radioactivity has been reduced to levels that are as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). The VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:42 Oct 06, 2010 Jkt 223001 final status survey will be used to demonstrate that the predicted doses to a member of the public from any residual activity do not exceed the 25 mrem per year dose limit. The NRC will perform inspections and a confirmatory survey to verify the decommissioning activities and the final status survey. With regard to potential nonradiological impacts, the proposed action does not involve any historic sites. Proper precautions will be taken to reduce the exposure to dust from lead paint and asbestos. WPI has committed to compliance with applicable occupational health and safety requirements, primarily the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1973. Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. since it proposes to use the space that will become available for unrestricted use. In addition, the regulations in 10 CFR 50.82(b)(4)(i) allow an alternative which provides for delayed completion of decommissioning only when the delay is necessary to protect the public health and safety. The NRC staff finds that delay is not justified since the environmental impacts of the proposed action and the alternatives are similar and insignificant. Alternatives to the Proposed Action The three alternatives for disposition of the LCWNRF, which includes the GE Reactor, are: DECON, SAFSTOR, and no action. WPI has proposed the DECON option. DECON is the alternative in which the equipment, structures, and portions of the facilities containing radioactive contaminants are removed or decontaminated to a level that permits the property to be released for unrestricted use. SAFSTOR is the alternative in which the nuclear facilities are placed and maintained in a condition that allows the nuclear facilities to be safely stored and subsequently decontaminated (deferred decontamination) to levels that permit release for unrestricted use. The noaction alternative would leave the facilities in their present configuration, without any decommissioning activities required or implemented. The SAFSTOR and no-action alternatives would entail continued surveillance and physical security measures to be in place and continued monitoring by licensee personnel. The SAFSTOR and no-action alternatives would also require continued maintenance of the facilities. The radiological impacts of SAFSTOR and no-action would be less than the DECON option because of radioactive decay prior to the start of future decommissioning activities under the SAFSTOR and no action options. The SAFSTOR and no-action alternatives also would have no significant environmental impact. However, these options involve the continued use of resources during the SAFSTOR or no-action period. WPI has determined that the proposed action (DECON) is the most efficient use of the LCWNRF, including the GE Reactor, On June 29, 2010, NRC sent a copy of the draft EA to the Solid Waste Program, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Central Regional Office, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action. After review, the MDEP had no comments. PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Alternative Use of Resources This action does not involve the use of any resources not previously considered in the Environmental Report submitted as part of the DP on September 30, 2009, for the LCWNRF Reactor. Agencies and Persons Contacted Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of human health or the environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action. For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the licensee’s letter dated September 30, 2009 (ADAMS ML092880231), which is available for public inspection, and can be copied for a fee, at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Public Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. The NRC maintains an Agency-wide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. This document may be accessed through the NRC’s Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at http:// www.nrc.gov. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who have problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS may contact the PDR reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737 or by e-mail at pdr@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of September, 2010. E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 62153 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 194 / Thursday, October 7, 2010 / Notices For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Paul Michalak, Chief, Materials Decommissioning Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials, and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. 2010–25276 Filed 10–6–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40–9073; NRC–2009–0364] Notice of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issuance of Materials License SUA–1596 for Uranium One Americas, Inc. Moore Ranch In Situ Recovery Facility Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of issuance of materials license SUA–1596. AGENCY: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued a license to Uranium One Americas, Inc. (Uranium One) for its Moore Ranch uranium in situ recovery (ISR) facility in Campbell County, Wyoming. Materials License SUA–1596 authorizes Uranium One to operate its facility as proposed in its license application, as amended, and to possess uranium source and 11.e(2) byproduct material at the Moore Ranch facility. Furthermore, Uranium One will be required to operate under the conditions listed in Materials License SUA–1596. This notice also serves as the record of decision for the NRC decision granting the Uranium One application for the Moore Ranch facility and issuing Materials License SUA–1596. This record of decision satisfies the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... ................... jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES 9 ................... 10 ................. license complied with the standards and requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission’s regulations. As required by the Act and the Commission’s regulations in 10 CFR 40.32(b–c), the staff has found that Uranium One is qualified by reason of training and experience to use source material for the purpose it requested; and that Uranium One’s proposed equipment and procedures for use at its Moore Ranch facility are adequate to protect public health and minimize danger to life or property. The NRC staff’s review supporting these findings is documented in the SER. The NRC staff has also concluded, in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(d), that issuance of Materials License SUA–1596 to Uranium One will not be inimical to the common defense and security or to the health and safety of the public. Uranium One’s request for a materials license was previously noticed in the Federal Register on January 25, 2008 (73 FR 4642), with a notice of an opportunity to request a hearing. The NRC did not receive any requests for a hearing on the license application. In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC’s ‘‘Rules of Practice,’’ the details with respect to this action, including the SER and accompanying documentation and license, are available electronically at the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. From this site, you can access the NRC’s Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC’s public documents. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicant’s application, October 2, 2007 .................................................................................................................. First Response to Request for Additional Information, July 11, 2008 ...................................................................... Second Response to Request for Additional Information, October 28, 2008 .......................................................... First Open Issue Response, December 4, 2009 ...................................................................................................... Second Open Issue Response, December 10, 2009 ............................................................................................... Third Open Issue Response, January 18, 2010 ....................................................................................................... Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities, May 2009 ........................ Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Moore Ranch In Situ Recovery Project, August 2010. NRC Safety Evaluation Report, September 2010 .................................................................................................... Source Materials License for the Moore Ranch, September 28, 2010 .................................................................... If you do not have access to ADAMS, or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301– 415–4737, or via e-mail to PDR.Resource@nrc.gov. VerDate Mar<15>2010 regulatory requirement in Section 51.102(a) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which requires a Commission decision on any action for which a final environmental impact statement has been prepared to be accompanied by or include a concise public record of decision. The NRC has always considered that the entire publically available record for a license application as the agency’s record of decision. Documents related to the application carry docket number 40– 9073. These documents for the Moore Ranch ISR facility include the license application (including the applicant’s environmental report) [ML072851218], the Commission’s Safety Evaluation Report (SER) published in September 2010 [ML101310291] and the Commission’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impaction Statement (FSEIS) (NUREG–1910, Supplement 1) published in August 2010 [ML102290470]. As discussed in the Moore Ranch FSEIS, the Commission considered a range of alternatives. The reasonable alternatives discussed in detail were the applicant’s proposal as described in its license application to conduct in situ uranium recovery on the site and the no-action alternative. Other alternatives considered but eliminated from detailed analysis include conventional uranium mining and milling, conventional mining and heap leach processing, alternative site location, alternate lixiviants and alternate wastewater treatment methods. The factors considered when evaluating the alternatives, discussion of preferences among the alternatives, and license conditions and monitoring programs related to mitigation measures are also discussed in the Moore Ranch FSEIS. The NRC has found that the application for the source material 14:42 Oct 06, 2010 Jkt 223001 These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public computers located at the NRC’s PDR, O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ML072851218 ML082060521 ML090370721 ML093440347 ML093570333 ML100250919 ML091530075 ML102290470 ML101310291 ML102345678 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas T. Mandeville, Project Manager, Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 50-134; NRC-2010-0053]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for the Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear Reactor Facility 
at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ted Carter, Project Manager, Materials 
Decommissioning Branch, Division of Waste Management and Environmental 
Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental 
Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), Two 
White Flint North, Mail Stop T8 F5, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, 
Maryland 20852-2738 Telephone: (301) 414-5543; fax number: (301) 415-
5369; e-mail: ted.carter@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    The NRC is considering the issuance of a license amendment to 
Material License No. R-61 issued to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
(WPI) to authorize decommissioning of its Leslie C. Wilbur Nuclear 
Reactor Facility (LCWNRF) located on the campus of WPI in the city of 
Worcester, Massachusetts for unrestricted use and termination of this 
license. NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) 
(ML102020428) in support of this amendment in accordance with the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded 
that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The 
amendment will be issued following the publication of this Notice.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    By letter dated March 31, 2009, (ADAMS ML090960651), as 
supplemented on September 30, 2009 (ADAMS ML092880231), the licensee 
submitted a Decommissioning Plan (DP) in accordance with 10 CFR 
50.82(b)(1), in order to dismantle the 10-kw (thermal) General Electric 
(GE) Reactor, to dispose of its component parts and radioactive 
material, and to decontaminate the facilities in accordance with the 
proposed DP to meet the NRC's unrestricted release criteria. After the 
NRC verifies that the release criteria have been met, Facility 
Operating License No. R-61 will be terminated. The licensee submitted 
an environmental report as part of the Final DP, dated September 2009, 
that addressed the estimated environmental impacts resulting from 
decommissioning the GE Reactor. The reactor is permanently shutdown, 
with the fuel removed from the core and stored in racks in the reactor 
pool. The objective of the decommissioning is the release of the 
reactor facility for unrestricted use.
    A notice of license amendment request and opportunity to request a 
hearing was published in the Federal Register on March 8, 2010 (75 FR 
10519-10524). No requests for a hearing were received.

Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is necessary because of WPI's decision to 
permanently cease operations at the LCWNRF. As specified in 10 CFR 
50.82, any licensee may permanently cease operation and apply to the 
NRC for license termination and authorization to decommission the 
affected facility. Further, 10 CFR 51.53(d) provides that each 
applicant for a license amendment to authorize decommissioning of a 
production or utilization facility shall submit an environmental report 
with its application that reflects any new information or significant 
environmental changes associated with the proposed decommissioning 
activities. WPI is planning unrestricted use for the area that would be 
released.

Environmental Impact of the Proposed Action

    Many of the potential environmental impacts that would normally be 
associated with a decommissioning project are not applicable to the WPI 
decommissioning program. The factors distinguishing the WPI 
decommissioning program include: The small size of the facility, the 
limited

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scope of the planned decontamination and decommissioning work, the 
short duration of the proposed work, and the small radiological 
inventory within this facility. Based upon the work scope and approach 
described in the WPI DP, the potential for negative impact to the 
environment during the decommissioning of the WPI research reactor is 
small or not applicable.
    The DP states that all decontamination will be performed by trained 
personnel in accordance with the requirements of the radiation 
protection program, and will be overseen by a radiation safety officer 
with multiple years of experience in decommissioning health physics 
practices. All reactor and pool components will be removed from the 
facility as low level radioactive waste and managed in accordance with 
NRC requirements. The licensee estimates the total radiation exposure 
for the decommissioning process to be about 0.5 person-rem. In 
addition, by keeping the public at a safe distance, using access 
control, and by using the approved DP and WPI's radiation protection 
program to control effluent releases, the licensee expects the 
radiation exposure to the general public to be negligible. The 
licensee's conclusion is consistent with the estimate given for the 
``reference research reactor'' in NUREG-0586, ``Final Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement on Decommissioning of the Nuclear 
Facilities, August 1988.''
    Occupational and public exposure may result from offsite disposal 
of the low-level radioactive waste from the LCWNRF, which includes the 
GE reactor. In the DP the licensee stated that the handling, storage, 
and shipment of this radioactive waste will meet the requirements of 
subpart D, ``Technical Requirements for Land Disposal Facilities,'' of 
10 CFR part 61, ``Licensing Requirements for Land Disposal of 
Radioactive Waste,'' 10 CFR part 71, ``Packaging and Transportation of 
Radioactive Material'' and 10 CFR 20.2006, ``Transfer for Disposal and 
Manifests.'' Low-level radioactive waste will be processed and package 
for disposal at a licensed low-level waste site such as the 
EnergySolutions, LLC facility in Clive, Utah.
    The NRC regulations at 10 CFR 20.1402 provide radiological criteria 
for release of a site for unrestricted use. Release criteria for 
unrestricted use is a Total Effective Dose Equivalent (TEDE) of less 
than 25 mrem per year from residual radioactivity above background and 
that the residual radioactivity has been reduced to levels that are as 
low as reasonably achievable (ALARA). The final status survey will be 
used to demonstrate that the predicted doses to a member of the public 
from any residual activity do not exceed the 25 mrem per year dose 
limit. The NRC will perform inspections and a confirmatory survey to 
verify the decommissioning activities and the final status survey.
    With regard to potential non-radiological impacts, the proposed 
action does not involve any historic sites. Proper precautions will be 
taken to reduce the exposure to dust from lead paint and asbestos. WPI 
has committed to compliance with applicable occupational health and 
safety requirements, primarily the federal Occupational Safety and 
Health Act (OSHA) of 1973.
    Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    The three alternatives for disposition of the LCWNRF, which 
includes the GE Reactor, are: DECON, SAFSTOR, and no action. WPI has 
proposed the DECON option. DECON is the alternative in which the 
equipment, structures, and portions of the facilities containing 
radioactive contaminants are removed or decontaminated to a level that 
permits the property to be released for unrestricted use. SAFSTOR is 
the alternative in which the nuclear facilities are placed and 
maintained in a condition that allows the nuclear facilities to be 
safely stored and subsequently decontaminated (deferred 
decontamination) to levels that permit release for unrestricted use. 
The no-action alternative would leave the facilities in their present 
configuration, without any decommissioning activities required or 
implemented. The SAFSTOR and no-action alternatives would entail 
continued surveillance and physical security measures to be in place 
and continued monitoring by licensee personnel. The SAFSTOR and no-
action alternatives would also require continued maintenance of the 
facilities. The radiological impacts of SAFSTOR and no-action would be 
less than the DECON option because of radioactive decay prior to the 
start of future decommissioning activities under the SAFSTOR and no 
action options. The SAFSTOR and no-action alternatives also would have 
no significant environmental impact. However, these options involve the 
continued use of resources during the SAFSTOR or no-action period. WPI 
has determined that the proposed action (DECON) is the most efficient 
use of the LCWNRF, including the GE Reactor, since it proposes to use 
the space that will become available for unrestricted use. In addition, 
the regulations in 10 CFR 50.82(b)(4)(i) allow an alternative which 
provides for delayed completion of decommissioning only when the delay 
is necessary to protect the public health and safety. The NRC staff 
finds that delay is not justified since the environmental impacts of 
the proposed action and the alternatives are similar and insignificant.

Alternative Use of Resources

    This action does not involve the use of any resources not 
previously considered in the Environmental Report submitted as part of 
the DP on September 30, 2009, for the LCWNRF Reactor.

Agencies and Persons Contacted

    On June 29, 2010, NRC sent a copy of the draft EA to the Solid 
Waste Program, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Central Regional Office, 
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) regarding 
the environmental impact of the proposed action. After review, the MDEP 
had no comments.

Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC staff 
concludes that the proposed action will not have a significant effect 
on the quality of human health or the environment. Accordingly, the NRC 
has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the 
proposed action.
    For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the 
licensee's letter dated September 30, 2009 (ADAMS ML092880231), which 
is available for public inspection, and can be copied for a fee, at the 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Public Document Room (PDR), 
located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), 
Rockville, Maryland. The NRC maintains an Agency-wide Documents Access 
and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of 
NRC's public documents. This document may be accessed through the NRC's 
Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at http://www.nrc.gov. 
Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who have problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS may contact the PDR reference 
staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 or by e-mail at pdr@nrc.gov.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of September, 2010.


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    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Paul Michalak,
Chief, Materials Decommissioning Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium 
Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials, and 
Environmental Management Programs.
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