Notice of Issuance of Materials License SUA-1597 and Record of Decision for Uranerz Energy Corporation Nichols Ranch In Situ Recovery Project, 45300-45301 [2011-19097]

Download as PDF 45300 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Notices financial information is reported (form, data input, system-to-system, etc.) OMB Control No.: 0348–0061. Title: Federal Financial Report. Form No.: SF–425, SF–425A. Type of Review: Renewal of a currently approved collection. Respondents: States, Local Governments, Universities, Non-Profit Organizations. Number of Responses: 1,200,000. Estimated Time per Response: 60 minutes. Needs and Uses: The SF–425 is used to collect financial information for recipients of grants and cooperative agreements and related transactions under nonconstruction grant programs. Debra J. Bond, Deputy Controller. [FR Doc. 2011–19120 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 04009067; NRC–2008–0339] Notice of Issuance of Materials License SUA–1597 and Record of Decision for Uranerz Energy Corporation Nichols Ranch In Situ Recovery Project U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of issuance of materials license SUA–1597. AGENCY: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) has issued a license to Uranerz Energy Corporation (Uranerz) for its Nichols Ranch uranium in situ recovery (ISR) Project in Johnson and Campbell Counties, Wyoming. Materials License SUA–1597 authorizes Uranerz to operate its facilities as proposed in its license application, as amended, and to possess uranium source and byproduct material at the Nichols Ranch ISR Project. Furthermore, Uranerz will be required to operate under the conditions listed in Materials License SUA–1597. This notice also serves as the record of decision for the NRC decision to approve Uranerz’s license application for the Nichols Ranch facility and issue Materials License SUA–1597. This rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... .................................... 9 .................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 record of decision satisfies the regulatory requirement in Section 51.102(a) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), 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 considers the entire publicly available record for a license application to constitute the agency’s record of decision. Documents related to the application carry docket number 04009067. These documents for the Nichols Ranch ISR Project include the license application (including the applicant’s environmental report) (ML080080600), the Commission’s Safety Evaluation Report (SER) published in July 2011 (ML102240206) and the Commission’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) (NUREG–1910, Supplement 2) published in January 2011 (ML103440120). The record of decision also includes the applicable portions of the Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities (NUREG– 1910) as incorporated by reference in the FSEIS. As discussed in the Nichols 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 Nichols Ranch FSEIS. The FSEIS also contained the NRC staff recommendation to the Commission, related to the environmental aspects of the proposed action that the source material license should be issued as requested, unless safety issues mandate otherwise. The NRC has found that the application for the source materials 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 Uranerz is qualified by reason of training and experience to use source material for the purpose it requested and Uranerz’s proposed equipment and procedures for use at its Nichols Ranch Project 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 also concluded, in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(d), that issuance of Materials License SUA–1597 to Uranerz will not be inimical to the common defense and security or to the health and safety of the public. The staff also found in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(e), after weighing the environmental, economic, technical and other benefits against environmental costs and considering available alternatives, that the action called for is the issuance of License Amendment No. 1 to Materials License SUA–1597. Uranerz’s request for a materials license was previously noticed in the Federal Register on June 16, 2008 (73 FR 34052), 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 the NRC’s public documents. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Applicant’s application, November 30, 2007 ..................................................................................... Revisions to application, August 21, 2008 ........................................................................................ Response to Request for Additional Information, March 11, 2009 ................................................... Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities, May 2009 Response to Open Issues in Safety Evaluation Report, February 24, 2010 .................................... Text Revisions to Open Issues to the Safety Evaluation Report, September 15, 2010 .................. Revised Table of Contents to Technical Report, September 22, 2010 ............................................ Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the Nichols Ranch In-Situ Recovery Project, January 2011. NRC Safety Evaluation Report, July 2011 ........................................................................................ 15:51 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\28JYN1.SGM 28JYN1 ML080080594 ML083230892 ML090820568 ML091530075 ML100740143 ML102650554 ML102730116 ML103440120 ML102240206 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 145 / Thursday, July 28, 2011 / Notices 10 .................................. Source Materials License for Nichols Ranch, July 19, 2011 ............................................................ 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. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron C. Linton, Project Manager, Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing Directorate, 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. Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 19th day of July, 2011. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Keith I. McConnell, Deputy Director, 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. 2011–19097 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION Docket No. 50–354 [NRC–2009–0391] rmajette on DSK89S0YB1PROD with NOTICES PSEG Nuclear LLC, Hope Creek Generating Station; Notice of Issuance of Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–57 for an Additional 20-Year Period; Record of Decision Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (the Commission) has issued Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–57 to PSEG Nuclear LLC (licensee), the operator of the Hope Creek Generating Station (HCGS). Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–57 authorizes operation of HCGS by the licensee at reactor core power levels not in excess of 3,840 megawatts thermal in accordance with the provisions of the HCGS renewed license and its technical specifications. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:51 Jul 27, 2011 Jkt 223001 The notice also serves as the record of decision for the Renewal of Facility Operating License No. NPF–57, consistent with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Section 51.103 (10 CFR 51.103). As discussed in the final supplemental environmental impact statement (FSEIS) for HCGS and Salem Nuclear Generating Station (Salem), Units 1 and 2, dated March 2011, the Commission has considered a range of reasonable alternatives that included coal fired generation, natural gas combined-cycle generation, combined alternative, and the no-action alternative. The factors considered in the record of decision can be found in the FSEIS published in March 2011 as NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Power Plants, Supplement 45, Regarding Hope Creek Generating Station and Salem Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1 and 2.’’ HCGS is a boiling water reactor located in Lower Alloways Creek Township, Salem County, New Jersey. The application for the renewed 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 Chapter I, the Commission has made appropriate findings, which are set forth in the license. Prior public notice of the action involving the proposed issuance of the renewed license and of an opportunity for a hearing regarding the proposed issuance of the renewed license was published in the Federal Register on October 23, 2009 (74 FR 54856). For further details with respect to this action, see: (1) PSEG Nuclear LLC’s license renewal application for Hope Creek Generating Station dated August 18, 2009, as supplemented by letters dated through May 19, 2011; (2) the Commission’s safety evaluation report (NUREG–2102), published in June 2011; (3) the licensee’s updated safety analysis report; and (4) the Commission’s final environmental impact statement (NUREG–1437, Supplement 45), for the Hope Creek Generating Station and Salem Nuclear Generating Station, Units 1 and 2, published in March 2011. These documents are available at the NRC’s Public Document Room, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852, and can be viewed from the NRC Public Electronic Reading Room at http:// www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 45301 ML111751649 Copies of renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–57 (ADAMS Accession No. ML11116A197) may be obtained by writing to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001, Attention: Director, Division of License Renewal. Copies of the Hope Creek Generating Station safety evaluation report (NUREG–2102) and the final environmental impact statement (NUREG–1437, Supplement 45) may be purchased from the National Technical Information Service, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161 (http://www.ntis.gov), 703– 605–6000, or Attention: Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA 15250–7954 (http:// www.gpoaccess.gov), 202–512–1800. All orders should clearly identify the NRC publication number and the requestor’s Government Printing Office deposit account number or VISA or MasterCard number and expiration date. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of July 2011. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Brian E. Holian, Director, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2011–19096 Filed 7–27–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. A2011–25; Order No. 767] Post Office Closing Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: This document informs the public that an appeal of the closing of the Unionville, Iowa post office has been filed. It identifies preliminary steps and provides a procedural schedule. Publication of this document will allow the Postal Service, petitioners, and others to take appropriate action. DATES: Administrative record due (from Postal Service): August 5, 2011; deadline for notices to intervene: August 16, 2011. See the Procedural Schedule in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for other dates of interest. 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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 04009067; NRC-2008-0339]


Notice of Issuance of Materials License SUA-1597 and Record of 
Decision for Uranerz Energy Corporation Nichols Ranch In Situ Recovery 
Project

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance of materials license SUA-1597.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or 
the Commission) has issued a license to Uranerz Energy Corporation 
(Uranerz) for its Nichols Ranch uranium in situ recovery (ISR) Project 
in Johnson and Campbell Counties, Wyoming. Materials License SUA-1597 
authorizes Uranerz to operate its facilities as proposed in its license 
application, as amended, and to possess uranium source and byproduct 
material at the Nichols Ranch ISR Project. Furthermore, Uranerz will be 
required to operate under the conditions listed in Materials License 
SUA-1597.
    This notice also serves as the record of decision for the NRC 
decision to approve Uranerz's license application for the Nichols Ranch 
facility and issue Materials License SUA-1597. This record of decision 
satisfies the regulatory requirement in Section 51.102(a) of Title 10 
of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), 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 considers the entire publicly available record for a 
license application to constitute the agency's record of decision. 
Documents related to the application carry docket number 04009067. 
These documents for the Nichols Ranch ISR Project include the license 
application (including the applicant's environmental report) 
(ML080080600), the Commission's Safety Evaluation Report (SER) 
published in July 2011 (ML102240206) and the Commission's Final 
Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) (NUREG-1910, 
Supplement 2) published in January 2011 (ML103440120). The record of 
decision also includes the applicable portions of the Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling 
Facilities (NUREG-1910) as incorporated by reference in the FSEIS.
    As discussed in the Nichols 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 Nichols Ranch FSEIS. The FSEIS also contained the 
NRC staff recommendation to the Commission, related to the 
environmental aspects of the proposed action that the source material 
license should be issued as requested, unless safety issues mandate 
otherwise.
    The NRC has found that the application for the source materials 
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 Uranerz is qualified by 
reason of training and experience to use source material for the 
purpose it requested and Uranerz's proposed equipment and procedures 
for use at its Nichols Ranch Project 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 also 
concluded, in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(d), that issuance of 
Materials License SUA-1597 to Uranerz will not be inimical to the 
common defense and security or to the health and safety of the public. 
The staff also found in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(e), after weighing 
the environmental, economic, technical and other benefits against 
environmental costs and considering available alternatives, that the 
action called for is the issuance of License Amendment No. 1 to 
Materials License SUA-1597.
    Uranerz's request for a materials license was previously noticed in 
the Federal Register on June 16, 2008 (73 FR 34052), with a notice of 
an opportunity to request a hearing. The NRC did not receive any 
requests for a hearing on the license application.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the NRC's public documents. The ADAMS 
accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are:

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1.......................................  Applicant's application, November 30, 2007.........        ML080080594
2.......................................  Revisions to application, August 21, 2008..........        ML083230892
3.......................................  Response to Request for Additional Information,            ML090820568
                                           March 11, 2009.
4.......................................  Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In Situ         ML091530075
                                           Leach Uranium Milling Facilities, May 2009.
5.......................................  Response to Open Issues in Safety Evaluation               ML100740143
                                           Report, February 24, 2010.
6.......................................  Text Revisions to Open Issues to the Safety                ML102650554
                                           Evaluation Report, September 15, 2010.
7.......................................  Revised Table of Contents to Technical Report,             ML102730116
                                           September 22, 2010.
8.......................................  Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the        ML103440120
                                           Nichols Ranch In-Situ Recovery Project, January
                                           2011.
9.......................................  NRC Safety Evaluation Report, July 2011............        ML102240206

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10......................................  Source Materials License for Nichols Ranch, July           ML111751649
                                           19, 2011.
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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 Public 
Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or 
via 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. The PDR reproduction 
contractor will copy documents for a fee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron C. Linton, Project Manager, 
Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery 
Licensing Directorate, 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.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland this 19th day of July, 2011.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Keith I. McConnell,
Deputy Director, 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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