ZionSolutions, LLC; Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2, 42129-42130 [2015-17436]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 136 / Thursday, July 16, 2015 / Notices To ensure transparency associated with meetings pursuant to E.O. 12866, OIRA is proposing to collect—and then post publicly—the following information from outside parties that request a meeting with OIRA to present their views on a regulatory action currently under review: 1. Names of all attendees who will be present at the meeting from the outside party or parties. Each attendee’s organization or affiliation. If an attendee is representing another organization, please provide the name of the organization the attendee is representing. 2. The name of the regulatory action under review on which the party would like to present its views. 3. Electronic copies of all of briefing materials that will be used during the presentation. 4. 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ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact regarding exemptions from specific emergency planning requirements for License Nos. DPR–39 and DPR–48, issued to ZionSolutions, LLC, for the Zion Nuclear Power Station (ZNPS), Units 1 and 2. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00045 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42129 The environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact referenced in this document is available on July 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2015–0168 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain 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–2015–0168. Address questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301–415–3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of this document. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 number for each document referenced (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. • 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: John Hickman, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–00001; telephone: 301–415– 3017; email: John.Hickman@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: I. Introduction The NRC is considering issuance of exemptions from specific emergency planning (EP) requirements of part 50 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), for License Nos. DPR–39 and DPR–48, issued to ZionSolutions, LLC (ZS, the licensee), for the ZNPS, Units 1 and 2. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC performed an environmental assessment. Based on the results of the environmental assessment that follows, the NRC has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1 42130 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 136 / Thursday, July 16, 2015 / Notices the exemptions, and is issuing a finding of no significant impact. Section 50.47, ‘‘Emergency plans,’’ in 10 CFR part 50 provides in part, ‘‘. . . no initial operating license for a nuclear power reactor will be issued unless a finding is made by the NRC that there is reasonable assurance that adequate protective measures can and will be taken in the event of a radiological emergency.’’ Appendix E to 10 CFR part 50, ‘‘Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Production and Utilization Facilities,’’ provides in part, ‘‘This appendix establishes minimum requirements for emergency plans for use in attaining an acceptable state of emergency preparedness.’’ II. Environmental Assessment Description of Proposed Action The proposed action would exempt ZS, a 10 CFR part 50 licensee, from certain 10 CFR 50.47, and 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, EP requirements because ZNPS is a permanently shutdown nuclear facility with all spent fuel stored in an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI). The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee’s application dated May 27, 2014, (ADAMS Accession No. ML14148A295). tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Need for Proposed Action The ZNPS was shut down on February 21, 1997, and is currently in a permanently shut-down and defueled condition. In a letter dated May 4, 1998, the NRC acknowledged that pursuant to 10 CFR 50.82(a)(2), the 10 CFR part 50 licenses for the ZNPS, Units 1 and 2 no longer authorize operation of the reactors, or emplacement or retention of fuel in the reactor vessels. Active decommissioning is currently underway. As of January 12, 2015, all of the spent fuel at the ZNPS had been transferred to the Zion ISFSI. The licensee claims that the proposed action is needed because the EP regulations impose requirements on the ZNPS that are not necessary to meet the underlying purpose of the regulations in view of the greatly reduced offsite radiological consequences associated with the current plant status as permanently shut down and with the removal of all spent fuel from the Spent Fuel Pool and transfer to dry cask storage at the ISFSI. Additionally, the license was amended on January 14, 2015, (ADAMS Accession No. ML14295A716) to remove from the Technical Specifications functional, operational and staffing requirements associated with the storage of spent fuel in the spent fuel pool. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:39 Jul 15, 2015 Jkt 235001 Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC staff evaluated the environmental impacts of the proposed action and concludes that exempting the licensee from the emergency planning requirements will not have any adverse environmental impacts. With respect to radiological impacts, the NRC has determined that no credible events at the ZNPS would result in doses to the public beyond the owner controlled area boundary that would exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Protective Actions Guides at the site boundary. The proposed action is wholly procedural and administrative in nature. As such, the proposed action will not: Significantly increase the probability or consequences of radiological accidents, result in any changes to the types of effluents that may be released offsite, and result in any significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. With regard to potential nonradiological impacts, the proposed action does not involve any construction activities, renovation of buildings or structures, ground disturbing activities or other alteration to land. The proposed action will not change the site activities and therefore will not result in any changes to the workforce or vehicular traffic. Furthermore, the proposed action is not a type of activity that has the potential to cause effects on historic properties or cultural resources, including traditional cultural properties. In addition the proposed action will not result in any change to non-radiological plant effluents and thus, will have no impact on either air or water quality. As the proposed action is wholly procedural and administrative in nature, the NRC staff has determined that the proposed action will have no effect on listed species or critical habitat. Therefore, there are no significant non-radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. Accordingly, the NRC staff concludes that there are no significant environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘noaction’’ alternative). Denial of the exemption request would result in no change in current environmental PO 00000 Frm 00046 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 impacts because there would be no construction or major renovation of any buildings or structures, nor any associated ground disturbing activities. Thus, the environmental impacts of the proposed action and no-action alternative are similar. Therefore, the no-action alternative was not further considered. Conclusion The NRC staff has concluded that the proposed action will not significantly impact the quality of the human environment, and that the proposed action is the preferred alternative. Agencies and Persons Consulted The NRC contacted the Illinois Emergency Management Agency via email on February 3, 2015, concerning this request. The State official replied via email on February 5, 2015, stating that they had no questions or concerns and they did not object to the action (ADAMS Accession No. ML15168A221). III. Finding of No Significant Impact The NRC staff has prepared this EA as part of its review of the proposed action. On the basis of this EA, the NRC finds that there are no significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and that preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted. Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. In accordance with 10 CFR 51.32(a)(4), this FONSI incorporates the EA set forth in this notice by reference. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of July 2015. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Larry W. Camper, Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2015–17436 Filed 7–15–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–295 and 50–304; NRC– 2015–0082] Zion Solutions, LLC, Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2, License Termination Plan Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Request for comment; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: On April 6, 2015, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16JYN1.SGM 16JYN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket Nos. 50-295 and 50-304; NRC-2015-0168]


ZionSolutions, LLC; Zion Nuclear Power Station, Units 1 and 2

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; 
issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an 
environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact regarding 
exemptions from specific emergency planning requirements for License 
Nos. DPR-39 and DPR-48, issued to ZionSolutions, LLC, for the Zion 
Nuclear Power Station (ZNPS), Units 1 and 2.

DATES: The environmental assessment and finding of no significant 
impact referenced in this document is available on July 16, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2015-0168 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain 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-2015-0168. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov. For technical questions, contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 number for each document referenced (if that document 
is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
referenced.
     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: John Hickman, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-00001; telephone: 301-415-3017; email: 
John.Hickman@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The NRC is considering issuance of exemptions from specific 
emergency planning (EP) requirements of part 50 of Title 10 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), for License Nos. DPR-39 and DPR-48, 
issued to ZionSolutions, LLC (ZS, the licensee), for the ZNPS, Units 1 
and 2. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC performed an 
environmental assessment. Based on the results of the environmental 
assessment that follows, the NRC has determined not to prepare an 
environmental impact statement for

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the exemptions, and is issuing a finding of no significant impact.
    Section 50.47, ``Emergency plans,'' in 10 CFR part 50 provides in 
part, ``. . . no initial operating license for a nuclear power reactor 
will be issued unless a finding is made by the NRC that there is 
reasonable assurance that adequate protective measures can and will be 
taken in the event of a radiological emergency.'' Appendix E to 10 CFR 
part 50, ``Emergency Planning and Preparedness for Production and 
Utilization Facilities,'' provides in part, ``This appendix establishes 
minimum requirements for emergency plans for use in attaining an 
acceptable state of emergency preparedness.''

II. Environmental Assessment

Description of Proposed Action

    The proposed action would exempt ZS, a 10 CFR part 50 licensee, 
from certain 10 CFR 50.47, and 10 CFR part 50, appendix E, EP 
requirements because ZNPS is a permanently shut-down nuclear facility 
with all spent fuel stored in an independent spent fuel storage 
installation (ISFSI).
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated May 27, 2014, (ADAMS Accession No. ML14148A295).

Need for Proposed Action

    The ZNPS was shut down on February 21, 1997, and is currently in a 
permanently shut-down and defueled condition. In a letter dated May 4, 
1998, the NRC acknowledged that pursuant to 10 CFR 50.82(a)(2), the 10 
CFR part 50 licenses for the ZNPS, Units 1 and 2 no longer authorize 
operation of the reactors, or emplacement or retention of fuel in the 
reactor vessels. Active decommissioning is currently underway. As of 
January 12, 2015, all of the spent fuel at the ZNPS had been 
transferred to the Zion ISFSI.
    The licensee claims that the proposed action is needed because the 
EP regulations impose requirements on the ZNPS that are not necessary 
to meet the underlying purpose of the regulations in view of the 
greatly reduced offsite radiological consequences associated with the 
current plant status as permanently shut down and with the removal of 
all spent fuel from the Spent Fuel Pool and transfer to dry cask 
storage at the ISFSI. Additionally, the license was amended on January 
14, 2015, (ADAMS Accession No. ML14295A716) to remove from the 
Technical Specifications functional, operational and staffing 
requirements associated with the storage of spent fuel in the spent 
fuel pool.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC staff evaluated the environmental impacts of the proposed 
action and concludes that exempting the licensee from the emergency 
planning requirements will not have any adverse environmental impacts. 
With respect to radiological impacts, the NRC has determined that no 
credible events at the ZNPS would result in doses to the public beyond 
the owner controlled area boundary that would exceed the U.S. 
Environmental Protection Agency Protective Actions Guides at the site 
boundary. The proposed action is wholly procedural and administrative 
in nature. As such, the proposed action will not: Significantly 
increase the probability or consequences of radiological accidents, 
result in any changes to the types of effluents that may be released 
offsite, and result in any significant increase in occupational or 
public radiation exposure. Therefore, there are no significant 
radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
    With regard to potential non-radiological impacts, the proposed 
action does not involve any construction activities, renovation of 
buildings or structures, ground disturbing activities or other 
alteration to land. The proposed action will not change the site 
activities and therefore will not result in any changes to the 
workforce or vehicular traffic. Furthermore, the proposed action is not 
a type of activity that has the potential to cause effects on historic 
properties or cultural resources, including traditional cultural 
properties. In addition the proposed action will not result in any 
change to non-radiological plant effluents and thus, will have no 
impact on either air or water quality. As the proposed action is wholly 
procedural and administrative in nature, the NRC staff has determined 
that the proposed action will have no effect on listed species or 
critical habitat. Therefore, there are no significant non-radiological 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
    Accordingly, the NRC staff concludes that there are no significant 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered 
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). 
Denial of the exemption request would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts because there would be no construction or major 
renovation of any buildings or structures, nor any associated ground 
disturbing activities. Thus, the environmental impacts of the proposed 
action and no-action alternative are similar. Therefore, the no-action 
alternative was not further considered.

Conclusion

    The NRC staff has concluded that the proposed action will not 
significantly impact the quality of the human environment, and that the 
proposed action is the preferred alternative.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    The NRC contacted the Illinois Emergency Management Agency via 
email on February 3, 2015, concerning this request. The State official 
replied via email on February 5, 2015, stating that they had no 
questions or concerns and they did not object to the action (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML15168A221).

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The NRC staff has prepared this EA as part of its review of the 
proposed action. On the basis of this EA, the NRC finds that there are 
no significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and that 
preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted. 
Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. In accordance with 10 CFR 51.32(a)(4), 
this FONSI incorporates the EA set forth in this notice by reference.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 8th day of July 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Larry W. Camper,
Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery, and Waste 
Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2015-17436 Filed 7-15-15; 8:45 am]
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