License Amendment Request for Closure of Calcium Fluoride Ponds at Honeywell Metropolis Works, Honeywell International, Inc., 59731-59732 [2013-23608]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2013 / Notices • Small. The environmental effects are not detectable or are so minor that they would neither destabilize nor noticeably alter any important attribute of the resource. • Moderate. The environmental effects are sufficient to noticeably alter, but not destabilize important attributes of the resource. • Large. The environmental effects are clearly noticeable and are sufficient to destabilize important attributes of the resource. The evaluation concludes that the potential environmental impacts of all six alternatives in all resource and impact areas would be Small, with the exception of potential impacts on historic and cultural resources from construction of long-term waste storage facilities in Alternatives 3 and 4A, which could be Small to Moderate. Reasons for the mostly Small impacts, by resource or impact area, are discussed in the report. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of September 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Aby Mohseni, Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs. [FR Doc. 2013–23611 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 40–3392; NRC–2011–0143] License Amendment Request for Closure of Calcium Fluoride Ponds at Honeywell Metropolis Works, Honeywell International, Inc. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice of availability of environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance of a license amendment to Source Materials License SUA–526 issued to Honeywell International, Inc. (Honeywell) for its Metropolis Works Facility (MWF) in Metropolis, Illinois. The license amendment would approve Honeywell’s proposed Decommissioning Plan for Surface Impoundments B, C, D, and E at the MWF. The NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this proposed action in accordance with its regulations. Based on the EA, the NRC pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:21 Sep 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate with respect to the proposed action. The amendment will be issued following the publication of this document. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2011–0143 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may access publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2011–0143. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publiclyavailable documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this notice are: (1) License Amendment Request Report NRC License Number SUB–526, Closure of Retention Ponds B, C, D, and E (ML103420434, ML103400458, ML103400459, and ML103400517); (2) Additional Information provided by Honeywell, February 13, 2012 (ML12060A115); and (3) Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact (ML12338A057). • NRC’s PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public documents at the NRC’s PDR, Room O1–F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary T. Adams, Senior Environmental Engineer; Conversion, De-conversion, and MOX Branch; Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards; Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, telephone: 301– 287–9146; email: Mary.Adams@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction By letter dated November 22, 2010, the NRC received a license amendment application from Honeywell Metropolis Works (Honeywell, MTW, or the licensee), pertaining to its proposed closure plan for four ponds located on the MTW plant site. Honeywell holds PO 00000 Frm 00085 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 59731 NRC License No. SUB–526, which authorizes the licensee to possess and use source material at its uranium conversion facility located in Metropolis, Illinois. Honeywell seeks an amendment to license SUB–526, pursuant to Section 40.44 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) to approve the closure of the calcium fluoride ponds in-place, by stabilization of the contents and construction of a cover system over the stabilized ponds. After the closure plan is successfully implemented, Honeywell will seek release of the ponds area from SUB–526 for unrestricted use in accordance with 10 CFR 20.1402, ‘‘Radiological criteria for unrestricted use.’’ On July 7, 2011, the NRC issued a notice of amendment request and opportunity to request a hearing (76 FR 39918) on the license amendment request. No requests for hearing were received. An Environmental Report was included in the license amendment request. The NRC relied upon the information provided in the license amendment request; additional information provided by Honeywell on February 13, 2012; and other sources identified in the environmental assessment (EA) in preparing the EA. A draft of the EA was sent to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for review. II. Environmental Assessment Summary As required by 10 CFR 51.30, the EA describes the proposed action and four alternatives to the proposed action, including a no-action alternative; describes the need for the proposed action; and assesses the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives. The EA evaluates environmental impacts in the following resource areas: Land use; transportation; geology, soils and seismology; hydrology; ecological resources; air quality, meteorology, climatology; noise; historic and cultural resources; visual and scenic resources; demography and socioeconomics; public health; and waste management. The EA concluded that the impacts on all of these resource areas are small, based on significance criteria set forth in NUREG–1748, ‘‘Environmental Review Guidance for Licensing Actions Associated with NMSS Programs’’ (Adams Accession No. ML032450279). The EA also includes a list of agencies and persons consulted, and identification of sources used in preparing the EA. E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1 59732 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 188 / Friday, September 27, 2013 / Notices In accordance with 10 CFR 51.31(a), upon completion of the EA, and consideration of the small environmental impacts on the environmental resource areas, the NRC Deputy Director of the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards has determined that a finding of no significant impact is appropriate. III. Finding of No Significant Impact On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that there are no significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and that the issuance of a license amendment to approve the ponds decommissioning plan does not warrant the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of September 2013. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. James W. Andersen, Deputy Director, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2013–23608 Filed 9–26–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2013–0041] Revisions to Design of Structures, Components, Equipment, and Systems Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Standard review plan, sections; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing final revisions to the following sections in Chapter 3, ‘‘Design of Structures, Components, Equipment and Systems’’ of NUREG–0800, ‘‘Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,’’ Section 3.7.2, ‘‘Seismic System Analysis,’’ Section 3.7.3, ‘‘Seismic Subsystem Analysis,’’ Section 3.8.1, ‘‘Concrete Containment,’’ Section 3.8.3, ‘‘Concrete and Steel Internal Structures of Steel or Concrete Containments,’’ Section 3.8.4, ‘‘Other Seismic Category I Structures,’’ and Section 3.8.5, ‘‘Foundations.’’ DATES: The effective date of this Standard Review Plan (SRP) update is October 28, 2013. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013–0041 when contacting the NRC about the availability of pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:21 Sep 26, 2013 Jkt 229001 information regarding this document. You may access publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2013–0041. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–287–3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual(s) listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may access publicly available documents online in the NRC Library at http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. To begin the search, select ‘‘ADAMS Public Documents’’ and then select ‘‘Begin Web-based ADAMS Search.’’ For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC’s Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1–800–397–4209, 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. The final revision for Section 3.7.2, ‘‘Seismic System Analysis,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A223); Section 3.7.3, ‘‘Seismic Subsystem Analysis,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A239); Section 3.8.1, ‘‘Concrete Containment,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A245); Section 3.8.3, ‘‘Concrete and Steel Internal Structures of Steel or Concrete Containments,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A250); Section 3.8.4, ‘‘Other Seismic Category I Structures,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A258); and Section 3.8.5, ‘‘Foundations,’’ (Accession No. ML13198A267) are available in ADAMS. The staff also prepared the redline versions of these Chapter 3 sections showing the differences between the proposed and the final SRP sections for Section 3.7.2 (Accession No. ML13214A076); Section 3.7.3 (Accession No. ML13214A078); Section 3.81 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13214A081); Section, 3.8.3 (Accession No. ML13214A083); Section 3.8.4, (Accession No. ML13214A088); and Section 3.8.5, (Accession No. ML13214A096). The NRC posts its issued staff guidance on the NRC’s external Web page: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr0800/ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Jonathan DeGange, Office of New Reactors, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– PO 00000 Frm 00086 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0001; telephone: 301–415–6992; email: Jonathan.DeGange@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 1, 2013 (73 FR 13911), the NRC published for public comment the proposed revisions to sections in Chapter 3, ‘‘Design of Structures, Components, Equipment, and Systems’’ and solicited public comment on NUREG–0800, ‘‘Standard Review Plan for the Review of Safety Analysis Reports for Nuclear Power Plants: LWR Edition,’’ Section 3.7.1, ‘‘Seismic Design Parameters,’’ Section 3.7.2, ‘‘Seismic System Analysis,’’ Section 3.7.3, ‘‘Seismic Subsystem Analysis,’’ Section 3.8.1, ‘‘Concrete Containment,’’ Section 3.8.3, ‘‘Concrete and Steel Internal Structures of Steel Or Concrete Containments,’’ Section 3.8.4, ‘‘Other Seismic Category I Structures,’’ and Section 3.8.5, ‘‘Foundations.’’ The NRC staff received comments on the suggested revisions, and the comments are documented in a public comment resolution matrix in ADAMS under Accession No. ML13198A234. The guidance is now being issued final for use. The nature of how public comments were addressed in the final revision can be seen in the changes suggested in the ‘‘NRC Staff Resolution’’ column of the public comment table. Details of specific changes between current SRP guidance and the final guidance being issued here are included at the end of each of the revised sections themselves under the ‘‘Description of Changes’’ sections. Due to a high number of public comments received on SRP Section 3.7.1, ‘‘Seismic Design Parameters,’’ the NRC staff made many changes to this section. This section will be re-issued for draft public comment at a later date. Backfitting and Issue Finality These SRP section revisions provide guidance to the staff for reviewing applications for a construction permit and an operating license under part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) with respect to seismic system analysis, seismic subsystem analysis, concrete containment, concrete and steel internal structures of steel or concrete containments, other seismic Category I structures, and foundations. The SRP also provides guidance for reviewing an application for a standard design approval, a standard design certification, a combined license, and a manufacturing license under 10 CFR part 52 with respect to those same subject matters. Issuance of these SRP section revisions does not constitute backfitting as defined in 10 CFR 50.109 (the Backfit E:\FR\FM\27SEN1.SGM 27SEN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 40-3392; NRC-2011-0143]


License Amendment Request for Closure of Calcium Fluoride Ponds 
at Honeywell Metropolis Works, Honeywell International, Inc.

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability of environmental assessment and finding 
of no significant impact.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
the issuance of a license amendment to Source Materials License SUA-526 
issued to Honeywell International, Inc. (Honeywell) for its Metropolis 
Works Facility (MWF) in Metropolis, Illinois. The license amendment 
would approve Honeywell's proposed Decommissioning Plan for Surface 
Impoundments B, C, D, and E at the MWF. The NRC has prepared an 
Environmental Assessment (EA) for this proposed action in accordance 
with its regulations. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a 
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate with respect to 
the proposed action. The amendment will be issued following the 
publication of this document.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2011-0143 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access publicly-available information related to this document 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0143. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-287-
3422; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession numbers 
for the documents related to this notice are: (1) License Amendment 
Request Report NRC License Number SUB-526, Closure of Retention Ponds 
B, C, D, and E (ML103420434, ML103400458, ML103400459, and 
ML103400517); (2) Additional Information provided by Honeywell, 
February 13, 2012 (ML12060A115); and (3) Environmental Assessment and 
Finding of No Significant Impact (ML12338A057).
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mary T. Adams, Senior Environmental 
Engineer; Conversion, De-conversion, and MOX Branch; Division of Fuel 
Cycle Safety and Safeguards; Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555, 
telephone: 301-287-9146; email: Mary.Adams@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    By letter dated November 22, 2010, the NRC received a license 
amendment application from Honeywell Metropolis Works (Honeywell, MTW, 
or the licensee), pertaining to its proposed closure plan for four 
ponds located on the MTW plant site. Honeywell holds NRC License No. 
SUB-526, which authorizes the licensee to possess and use source 
material at its uranium conversion facility located in Metropolis, 
Illinois. Honeywell seeks an amendment to license SUB-526, pursuant to 
Section 40.44 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 
to approve the closure of the calcium fluoride ponds in-place, by 
stabilization of the contents and construction of a cover system over 
the stabilized ponds. After the closure plan is successfully 
implemented, Honeywell will seek release of the ponds area from SUB-526 
for unrestricted use in accordance with 10 CFR 20.1402, ``Radiological 
criteria for unrestricted use.''
    On July 7, 2011, the NRC issued a notice of amendment request and 
opportunity to request a hearing (76 FR 39918) on the license amendment 
request. No requests for hearing were received. An Environmental Report 
was included in the license amendment request. The NRC relied upon the 
information provided in the license amendment request; additional 
information provided by Honeywell on February 13, 2012; and other 
sources identified in the environmental assessment (EA) in preparing 
the EA. A draft of the EA was sent to the Illinois Emergency Management 
Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency for review.

II. Environmental Assessment Summary

    As required by 10 CFR 51.30, the EA describes the proposed action 
and four alternatives to the proposed action, including a no-action 
alternative; describes the need for the proposed action; and assesses 
the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives. The 
EA evaluates environmental impacts in the following resource areas: 
Land use; transportation; geology, soils and seismology; hydrology; 
ecological resources; air quality, meteorology, climatology; noise; 
historic and cultural resources; visual and scenic resources; 
demography and socioeconomics; public health; and waste management. The 
EA concluded that the impacts on all of these resource areas are small, 
based on significance criteria set forth in NUREG-1748, ``Environmental 
Review Guidance for Licensing Actions Associated with NMSS Programs'' 
(Adams Accession No. ML032450279). The EA also includes a list of 
agencies and persons consulted, and identification of sources used in 
preparing the EA.

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    In accordance with 10 CFR 51.31(a), upon completion of the EA, and 
consideration of the small environmental impacts on the environmental 
resource areas, the NRC Deputy Director of the Division of Fuel Cycle 
Safety and Safeguards has determined that a finding of no significant 
impact is appropriate.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that there are no 
significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and that 
the issuance of a license amendment to approve the ponds 
decommissioning plan does not warrant the preparation of an 
Environmental Impact Statement. Accordingly, the NRC has determined 
that a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 20th day of September 2013.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James W. Andersen,
Deputy Director, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office 
of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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