Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Renewal for Uranium One USA Inc., Irigaray and Christensen Ranch Uranium In-Situ Recovery Projects (Willow Creek Project), Wyoming, 41528-41529 [2011-17731]

Download as PDF 41528 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2011 / Notices found at http://www.regulations.gov by searching on Docket ID NRC–2009– 0262. Comments would be most helpful if received by August 12, 2011. Comments received after that date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received on or before this date. Although a time limit is given, comments and suggestions in connection with items for inclusion in guides currently being developed or improvements in all published guides are encouraged at any time. Electronic copies of DG–3037 are available through the NRC’s public Web site under Draft Regulatory Guides in the ‘‘Regulatory Guides’’ collection of the NRC’s Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doccollections/. Electronic copies are also available in ADAMS (http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html), under Accession No. ML110960051. Regulatory guides are not copyrighted, and Commission approval is not required to reproduce them. I. Introduction Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 1st day of July, 2011. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Edward O’Donnell, Acting Chief, Regulatory Guide Development Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. The proposed licensing action is to renew Source Materials License SUA– 1341 for a 10-year period to authorize Uranium One USA, Inc. to continue ISR operations at the Irigaray and Christiansen Ranch facilities in Campbell and Johnson Counties, Wyoming. On May 30, 2008, COGEMA Mining, Inc. (COGEMA) submitted an application to renew Source Materials License SUA–1341. A Notice of License Renewal Request and an Opportunity for Hearing was published in the Federal Register on February 9, 2009 (74 FR 6436). In response, the Oglala Delegation of the Great Sioux Nation Treaty Council (Delegation) and the Powder River Basin Resource Council (Council) filed petitions to intervene and requests for hearing. For reasons stated in the Memorandum and Order LBP–09–13, dated July 23, 2009, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board concluded that neither the Delegation nor the Council demonstrated standing as required by 10 CFR 2.309(a). Therefore, the petitions were denied. During the NRC’s review of the license renewal request, the Irigaray and Christensen Ranch ISR Project underwent a change in control from COGEMA Mining, Inc. to Uranium One, Inc. (Uranium One). Subsequently, the Irigaray and Christensen Ranch ISR Project underwent a second change in control and ownership from Uranium One to Rosatom, through JSC Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ). While the parent company changed to Rosatom, Uranium One USA, Inc., a daughter [FR Doc. 2011–17734 Filed 7–13–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40–8502; NRC–2009–0036] Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Renewal for Uranium One USA Inc., Irigaray and Christensen Ranch Uranium In-Situ Recovery Projects (Willow Creek Project), Wyoming Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: Ron C. Linton, Project Manager, Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: 301–415–7777; Fax number: 301–415–5369; E-mail: Ron.Linton@nrc.gov. wreier-aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Jul 13, 2011 Jkt 223001 The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the renewal of Source Materials License SUA–1341 for the continued uranium production operations and the recovery of uranium by in-situ recovery (ISR) at the Irigaray and Christensen Ranch facilities in Johnson and Campbell Counties, Wyoming (Willow Creek Project). The NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this proposed license renewal 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 NRC is also conducting a safety evaluation of the proposed license renewal, pursuant to 10 CFR part 40. The results of the safety evaluation will be documented in a separate Safety Evaluation Report. If approved, the NRC will issue the renewed license following the publication of this notice. II. EA Summary PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 company of Uranium One and Rosatom, remains the licensee. The staff has prepared an EA in support of the proposed license renewal. Staff considered the following environmental resource areas in its evaluation: Land use; transportation; socioeconomics; air quality; water quality and use; geology and soils; ecology; noise; historical and cultural; scenic and visual; public and occupational health and safety; and waste management. The environmental impacts on these resource areas were determined to be small. The license renewal request does not require altering the site footprint nor does it change the operating processes of the existing facility; therefore, there are no anticipated significant impacts on land use, noise, historic and cultural, scenic and visual, or ecological resources. The proposed action will not adversely affect Federal or state-listed threatened or endangered species. Public and occupational exposures are below the limit established in 10 CFR Part 20. Uranium One USA, Inc. maintains acceptable waste management practices and procedures. The staff concluded that the proposed 10-year renewal of Source Materials License SUA–1341 will not result in a significant impact to the environment. NRC staff consulted with other agencies regarding the proposed action, including the Wyoming State Historic and Preservation Office, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Buffalo Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, the Northern Arapaho Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Blackfeet Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara), the Ft. Peck Assiniboine/Sioux, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Crow Nation, and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The consultations ensured that the requirements of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act were met and provided the designated state liaison agency the opportunity to comment on the proposed action. III. Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that the proposed license renewal will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted for the proposed action and a finding of no significant impact is appropriate. E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 41529 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 135 / Thursday, July 14, 2011 / Notices IV. Further Information Documents related to this action, including the license renewal application and supporting documentation, are available online in the NRC Library 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 provided in the following table: Document ADAMS accession No. License Renewal Application ................................................................................................................................... NRC letter to COGEMA—Request for Additional Information (RAI) ....................................................................... COGEMA Letter to NRC—Response to RAI .......................................................................................................... NRC Letter to Uranium One—RAI .......................................................................................................................... Uranium One Letter to NRC—Response to RAI ..................................................................................................... NRC Consultation Letters ........................................................................................................................................ NRC Letter to Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office .................................................................................... NRC Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ......................................................................................................... NRC Letter to Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) ............................................................... NRC Letter to Blackfeet Nation ............................................................................................................................... NRC Letter to Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe ............................................................................................................ NRC Letter to Crow Nation ...................................................................................................................................... NRC Letter to Ft. Peck Sioux .................................................................................................................................. NRC Letter to Northern Arapaho Tribe ................................................................................................................... NRC Letter to Northern Cheyenne Tribe ................................................................................................................. NRC Letter to Oglala Sioux Tribe ............................................................................................................................ NRC Letter to Eastern Shoshone Tribe .................................................................................................................. NRC Letter to Three Affiliated Tribes ...................................................................................................................... NRC Draft EA transmittal letter to Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office and WDEQ ............ BLM response to EA review request ....................................................................................................................... Final Environmental Assessment ............................................................................................................................ If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301– 415–4737 or by e-mail to PDR.Resource@nrc.gov. 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. Hard copies of the documents are available from the PDR for a fee. Dated at Rockville Maryland, 7th day of July 2011. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Andrew Persinko, Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. 2011–17731 Filed 7–13–11; 8:45 am] wreier-aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Sunshine Federal Register Notice Nuclear Regulatory Commission [NRC–2011– 0006]. AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETINGS: DATE: Week of July 11, 2011. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Jul 13, 2011 Jkt 223001 Commissioners’ Conference Room, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland. STATUS: Public and Closed. ADDITIONAL ITEMS TO BE CONSIDERED: PLACE: Week of July 11, 2011 Tuesday, July 12, 2011 9:25 a.m. Affirmation Session (Public Meeting) (Tentative). 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Contact person for more information: Rochelle Bavol, (301) 415–1651. * * * * * ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: By a vote of 5– 0 on July 11, 2011, the Commission determined pursuant to U.S.C. 552b(e) and 9.107(a) of the Commission’s rules that the above referenced Affirmation be held on July 12, 2011, with less than one week notice to the public. * * * * * The NRC Commission Meeting Schedule can be found on the Internet PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 ML081850689 ML090750369 ML092110694 ML100610326 ML103081071 ML090400214 (package) ML090400252 ML090400244 ML090400231 ML090400292 ML090400261 ML090400267 ML090400279 ML090400301 ML090400295 ML090400273 ML090400308 ML090400287 ML100210638 ML102360242 ML103270681 at: http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/policymaking/schedule.html. * * * * * The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities where appropriate. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 135 (Thursday, July 14, 2011)]
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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 40-8502; NRC-2009-0036]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Renewal for Uranium One USA Inc., 
Irigaray and Christensen Ranch Uranium In-Situ Recovery Projects 
(Willow Creek Project), Wyoming

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron C. Linton, Project Manager, 
Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and 
Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: 301-415-7777; Fax number: 301-415-
5369; E-mail: Ron.Linton@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the 
renewal of Source Materials License SUA-1341 for the continued uranium 
production operations and the recovery of uranium by in-situ recovery 
(ISR) at the Irigaray and Christensen Ranch facilities in Johnson and 
Campbell Counties, Wyoming (Willow Creek Project). The NRC has prepared 
an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this proposed license 
renewal 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 NRC is also conducting a safety evaluation 
of the proposed license renewal, pursuant to 10 CFR part 40. The 
results of the safety evaluation will be documented in a separate 
Safety Evaluation Report. If approved, the NRC will issue the renewed 
license following the publication of this notice.

II. EA Summary

    The proposed licensing action is to renew Source Materials License 
SUA-1341 for a 10-year period to authorize Uranium One USA, Inc. to 
continue ISR operations at the Irigaray and Christiansen Ranch 
facilities in Campbell and Johnson Counties, Wyoming. On May 30, 2008, 
COGEMA Mining, Inc. (COGEMA) submitted an application to renew Source 
Materials License SUA-1341. A Notice of License Renewal Request and an 
Opportunity for Hearing was published in the Federal Register on 
February 9, 2009 (74 FR 6436). In response, the Oglala Delegation of 
the Great Sioux Nation Treaty Council (Delegation) and the Powder River 
Basin Resource Council (Council) filed petitions to intervene and 
requests for hearing. For reasons stated in the Memorandum and Order 
LBP-09-13, dated July 23, 2009, the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board 
concluded that neither the Delegation nor the Council demonstrated 
standing as required by 10 CFR 2.309(a). Therefore, the petitions were 
denied.
    During the NRC's review of the license renewal request, the 
Irigaray and Christensen Ranch ISR Project underwent a change in 
control from COGEMA Mining, Inc. to Uranium One, Inc. (Uranium One). 
Subsequently, the Irigaray and Christensen Ranch ISR Project underwent 
a second change in control and ownership from Uranium One to Rosatom, 
through JSC Atomredmetzoloto (ARMZ). While the parent company changed 
to Rosatom, Uranium One USA, Inc., a daughter company of Uranium One 
and Rosatom, remains the licensee.
    The staff has prepared an EA in support of the proposed license 
renewal. Staff considered the following environmental resource areas in 
its evaluation: Land use; transportation; socioeconomics; air quality; 
water quality and use; geology and soils; ecology; noise; historical 
and cultural; scenic and visual; public and occupational health and 
safety; and waste management. The environmental impacts on these 
resource areas were determined to be small. The license renewal request 
does not require altering the site footprint nor does it change the 
operating processes of the existing facility; therefore, there are no 
anticipated significant impacts on land use, noise, historic and 
cultural, scenic and visual, or ecological resources. The proposed 
action will not adversely affect Federal or state-listed threatened or 
endangered species. Public and occupational exposures are below the 
limit established in 10 CFR Part 20. Uranium One USA, Inc. maintains 
acceptable waste management practices and procedures. The staff 
concluded that the proposed 10-year renewal of Source Materials License 
SUA-1341 will not result in a significant impact to the environment.
    NRC staff consulted with other agencies regarding the proposed 
action, including the Wyoming State Historic and Preservation Office, 
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Buffalo Field Office of 
the Bureau of Land Management, the Eastern Shoshone Tribe, the Northern 
Arapaho Tribe, the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, the Blackfeet Nation, Three 
Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara), the Ft. Peck 
Assiniboine/Sioux, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Crow Nation, and the 
Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The consultations ensured that the 
requirements of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 
of the National Historic Preservation Act were met and provided the 
designated state liaison agency the opportunity to comment on the 
proposed action.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that the proposed 
license renewal will not significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment. Therefore, preparation of an environmental impact 
statement is not warranted for the proposed action and a finding of no 
significant impact is appropriate.

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IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the license renewal 
application and supporting documentation, are available online in the 
NRC Library 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 provided in the following table:

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            Document                       ADAMS accession No.
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License Renewal Application....  ML081850689
NRC letter to COGEMA--Request    ML090750369
 for Additional Information
 (RAI).
COGEMA Letter to NRC--Response   ML092110694
 to RAI.
NRC Letter to Uranium One--RAI.  ML100610326
Uranium One Letter to NRC--      ML103081071
 Response to RAI.
NRC Consultation Letters.......  ML090400214 (package)
NRC Letter to Wyoming State      ML090400252
 Historic Preservation Office.
NRC Letter to U.S. Fish and      ML090400244
 Wildlife Service.
NRC Letter to Wyoming            ML090400231
 Department of Environmental
 Quality (WDEQ).
NRC Letter to Blackfeet Nation.  ML090400292
NRC Letter to Cheyenne River     ML090400261
 Sioux Tribe.
NRC Letter to Crow Nation......  ML090400267
NRC Letter to Ft. Peck Sioux...  ML090400279
NRC Letter to Northern Arapaho   ML090400301
 Tribe.
NRC Letter to Northern Cheyenne  ML090400295
 Tribe.
NRC Letter to Oglala Sioux       ML090400273
 Tribe.
NRC Letter to Eastern Shoshone   ML090400308
 Tribe.
NRC Letter to Three Affiliated   ML090400287
 Tribes.
NRC Draft EA transmittal letter  ML100210638
 to Bureau of Land Management
 (BLM) Buffalo Field Office and
 WDEQ.
BLM response to EA review        ML102360242
 request.
Final Environmental Assessment.  ML103270681
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    If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC's Public 
Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737 or 
by e-mail to PDR.Resource@nrc.gov.
    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. Hard copies of the documents 
are available from the PDR for a fee.

    Dated at Rockville Maryland, 7th day of July 2011.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew Persinko,
 Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
Programs.
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