Lost Creek ISR, LLC, 44158-44160 [2015-18236]

Download as PDF 44158 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 142 / Friday, July 24, 2015 / Notices current and future applicants for combined licenses, would not be inconsistent with any issue finality protection under 10 CFR 52.83 or 10 CFR 52.98. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of July, 2015. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Thomas H. Boyce, Chief, Regulatory Guidance and Generic Issues Branch, Division of Engineering, Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research. [FR Doc. 2015–18114 Filed 7–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. 50–454 and 50–455; NRC– 2013–0178] Exelon Generating Company, LLC; Byron Station, Units 1 and 2 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Supplemental environmental impact statement; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a final plant-specific supplement, Supplement 54, to NUREG–1437, ‘‘Generic Environmental Impact Statement for License Renewal of Nuclear Plants’’ (GEIS), regarding the renewal of Exelon Generating Company, LLC (Exelon) operating licenses NPF–37 and NPF–66 for Byron Station, Units 1 and 2 (Byron), respectively, for an additional 20 years of operation. DATES: The final Supplement 54 to the GEIS is available as of July 24, 2015. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2013–0178 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–2013–0178. 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 publiclyavailable 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 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 Jul 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 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 final Supplement 54 to the GEIS is in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15196A263. • • 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: Lois James, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001; telephone: 301–415–3306; email: Lois.James@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In accordance with § 51.118 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the NRC is making available final Supplement 54 to the GEIS regarding the renewal of Exelon operating licenses NPF–37 and NPF–66 for an additional 20 years of operation for Byron. Draft Supplement 54 to the GEIS was noticed by the NRC in the Federal Register on January 2, 2015 (80 FR 55), and noticed by the Environmental Protection Agency on January 2, 2015 (80 FR 41). The public comment period on draft Supplement 54 to the GEIS ended on February 20, 2015, and the comments received are addressed in final Supplement 54 to the GEIS. Final Supplement 54 to the GEIS is available as indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this document. II. Discussion As discussed in chapter 5 of the final Supplement 54 to the GEIS, the NRC determined that the adverse environmental impacts of license renewal for Byron are not so great that preserving the option of license renewal for energy-planning decisionmakers would be unreasonable. This recommendation is based on: (1) The analysis and findings in the GEIS; (2) information provided in the environmental report and other documents submitted by Exelon; (3) consultation with Federal, State, local, and Tribal agencies; (4) the NRC staff’s independent environmental review; and (5) consideration of public comments received during the scoping process and on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of July 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00140 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. James G. Danna, Chief, Projects Branch 2, Division of License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2015–18110 Filed 7–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 040–09068; NRC–2008–0391] Lost Creek ISR, LLC Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Temporary exemption; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a temporary exemption from certain NRC financial assurance requirements to Lost Creek ISR, LLC (Lost Creek), in response to its annual financial assurance update for its Lost Creek In-Situ Recovery (ISR) project. Issuance of this temporary exemption will not remove the requirement for Lost Creek to provide adequate financial assurance through an approved mechanism, but will allow the NRC staff to further evaluate whether the State of Wyoming’s separate account provision for financial assurance instruments it holds is consistent with the NRC’s requirement for a standby trust agreement. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2008–0391 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–2008–0391. 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 publiclyavailable 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 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 142 / Friday, July 24, 2015 / Notices document referenced (if it 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 L. Saxton, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–0697; email: John.Saxton@nrc.gov. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Background Pursuant to Part 40 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), Appendix A, Criterion 9 and NRC materials license SUA–1598, License Condition 9.5, Lost Creek is required to submit to the NRC for review and approval an annual update of the financial surety to cover third-party costs for decommissioning and decontamination of the Lost Creek ISR facility located in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. By letter dated November 21, 2014, Lost Creek submitted to the NRC its annual surety update for 2014–2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14337A251). The NRC’s staff reviewed the annual financial surety update and found the values reasonable for the required reclamation activities (ADAMS Accession No. ML14162A050). Lost Creek maintains an approved financial assurance instrument in favor of the State of Wyoming; however, it does not have a standby trust agreement (STA) in place, as required by 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9. II. Description of Action As of December 17, 2012, NRC’s uranium milling licensees, which are regulated, in part, under 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, are required to have an STA in place. Criterion 9 provides that if a licensee does not use a trust as its financial assurance mechanism, then the licensee is required to establish a standby trust fund to receive funds in the event the Commission or State regulatory agency exercises its right to collect the funds provided for by surety bond or letter of credit. The purpose of an STA is to provide a separate account to hold the decommissioning funds in the event of a default. Consistent with provisions of 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9(d), Lost Creek has consolidated its NRC financial assurance sureties with those it is required to obtain by the State of Wyoming, and the financial instrument is held by the State of Wyoming. Lost Creek has not established an STA, nor VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 Jul 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 has it requested an exemption from the requirement to do so. Wyoming law requires that a separate account be set up to receive forfeited decommissioning funds, but does not specifically require an STA. Section 35– 11–424(a) of the Code of Wyoming states that ‘‘[a]ll forfeitures collected under the provisions of this act shall be deposited with the State treasurer in a separate account for reclamation purposes.’’ Under Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) financial assurance requirements, WDEQ holds permit bonds in a fiduciary fund called an agency fund. If a bond is forfeited, the forfeited funds are moved to a special revenue account. Although the Wyoming special revenue account is not an STA, the special revenue account serves a similar purpose in that forfeited funds are not deposited into the State treasury for general fund use, but instead are set aside in the special revenue account to be used exclusively for reclamation, i.e., decommissioning, purposes. The NRC has the discretion, under 10 CFR 40.14(a), to grant an exemption from the requirements of a regulation in 10 CFR part 40 on its own initiative, if the NRC determines the exemption is authorized by law and will not endanger life or property or the common defense and security and is otherwise in the public interest. The NRC has elected to grant Lost Creek an exemption to the STA requirements in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, for the current surety arrangement until the next review cycle to allow the NRC an opportunity to evaluate whether the State of Wyoming’s separate account requirements for financial assurance instruments it holds is consistent with the NRC’s STA requirements. III. Discussion A. The Exemption Is Authorized by Law The NRC staff concluded that the proposed exemption is authorized by law as 10 CFR 40.14(a) expressly allows for an exemption to the requirements in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, and the proposed exemption would not be contrary to any provision of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended. B. The Exemption Presents No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety The exemption is related to the financial surety. The requirement that the licensee provide adequate financial assurance through an approved mechanism (e.g., a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit) would remain unaffected by the exemption. Rather, the exemption would only PO 00000 Frm 00141 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44159 pertain to the establishment of a dedicated trust in which funds could be deposited in the event that the financial assurance mechanism needed to be liquidated. The requirement in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9(d), allows for the financial or surety arrangements to be consolidated within a State’s similar financial assurance instrument. The NRC has determined that while the WDEQ does not require an STA, the special revenue account may serve a similar purpose in that forfeited funds are not deposited into the State treasury for general fund use, but instead are set aside in the special revenue account to be used exclusively for site-specific reclamation, i.e., decommissioning, purposes. Because the licensee remains obligated to establish an adequate financial assurance mechanism for its licensed sites, and the NRC has approved such a mechanism, sufficient funds are available in the event that the site would need to be decommissioned. A temporary delay in establishing an STA does not impact the present availability and adequacy of the actual financial assurance mechanism. Therefore, the limited exemption being issued by the NRC herein presents no undue risk to public health and safety. C. The Exemption Is Consistent With the Common Defense and Security The proposed exemption would not involve or implicate the common defense or security. Therefore, granting the exemption will have no effect on the common defense and security. D. The Exemption Is in the Public Interest The proposed exemption would enable the NRC staff to evaluate the State of Wyoming’s separate account provision and the NRC’s STA requirement to determine if they are comparable. The evaluation process will allow the NRC to determine whether the licensee’s compliance with the state law provision will sufficiently address the NRC requirement as well, and therefore provide clarity on the implementation of the NRC regulation in this instance. Therefore, granting the exemption is in the public interest. E. Environmental Considerations The NRC staff has determined that granting of an exemption from the requirements of 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9 belongs to a category of regulatory actions which the NRC, by regulation, has determined do not individually or cumulatively have a significant effect on the environment, and as such do not require an E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 44160 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 142 / Friday, July 24, 2015 / Notices environmental assessment. The exemption from the requirement to have an STA in place is eligible for categorical exclusion under 10 CFR 51.22(c)(25)(vi)(H), which provides that exemptions from surety, insurance, or indemnification requirements are categorically excluded if the exemption would not result in any significant hazards consideration; change or increase in the amount of any offsite effluents; increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational radiation exposure; construction impacts; or increase in the potential for or consequence from radiological accidents. The NRC staff finds that the STA exemption involves surety, insurance and/or indemnity requirements and that granting Lost Creek this temporary exemption from the requirement of establishing a standby trust arrangement would not result in any significant hazards or increases in offsite effluents, radiation exposure, construction impacts, or potential radiological accidents. Therefore, an environmental assessment is not required. IV. Conclusions asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Accordingly, the NRC has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 40.14(a), the proposed temporary exemption is authorized by law, will not present an undue risk to the public health and safety, is consistent with the common defense and security, and is in the public interest. NRC hereby grants Lost Creek ISR, LLC an exemption from the requirement in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9 to set up a standby trust to receive funds in the event the NRC or the State regulatory agency exercises is right to collect the surety. This exemption will expire on February 10, 2015, for the Lost Creek ISR Project. At that time, Lost Creek will be required to ensure compliance with the STA requirements. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of July 2015. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Andrew Persinko, Deputy Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Environmental Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2015–18236 Filed 7–23–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P [NRC–2015–0172] Clarification of Reporting Requirements Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Draft regulatory issue summary; request for comment. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is seeking public comment on a draft regulatory issue summary (RIS). This draft RIS clarifies reporting requirements related to analyses of emergency core cooling system performance and how these reporting requirements apply to applicants for and holders of nuclear power reactor operating licenses, construction permits, combined licenses, standard design approvals, and manufacturing licenses, and applicants for standard design certifications. DATES: Submit comments by September 22, 2015. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods (unless this document describes a different method for submitting comments on a specific subject): • Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2015–0172. 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. • Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, Mail Stop: OWFN–12–H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting comments, see ‘‘Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments’’ in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexandra Popova, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–001; telephone: 301–415– 2876, email: Alexandra.Popova@ nrc.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:59 Jul 23, 2015 Jkt 235001 I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION PO 00000 Frm 00142 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2015– 0172 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain publiclyavailable information related to this action by any of the following methods: • Federal rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2015–0172. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable 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 draft RIS is available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML15057A346. • 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. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2015– 0172 in your comment submission. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at http:// www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons for submission to the NRC, then you should inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove such information before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment into ADAMS. II. Background The NRC is issuing this draft RIS to clarify the reporting requirements under part 50.46 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Acceptance Criteria for Emergency E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 040-09068; NRC-2008-0391]


Lost Creek ISR, LLC

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Temporary exemption; issuance.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a 
temporary exemption from certain NRC financial assurance requirements 
to Lost Creek ISR, LLC (Lost Creek), in response to its annual 
financial assurance update for its Lost Creek In-Situ Recovery (ISR) 
project. Issuance of this temporary exemption will not remove the 
requirement for Lost Creek to provide adequate financial assurance 
through an approved mechanism, but will allow the NRC staff to further 
evaluate whether the State of Wyoming's separate account provision for 
financial assurance instruments it holds is consistent with the NRC's 
requirement for a standby trust agreement.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2008-0391 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-2008-0391. 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

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document referenced (if it 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 L. Saxton, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards; U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-0697; email: 
John.Saxton@nrc.gov.

I. Background

    Pursuant to Part 40 of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR), Appendix A, Criterion 9 and NRC materials license SUA-1598, 
License Condition 9.5, Lost Creek is required to submit to the NRC for 
review and approval an annual update of the financial surety to cover 
third-party costs for decommissioning and decontamination of the Lost 
Creek ISR facility located in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. By letter 
dated November 21, 2014, Lost Creek submitted to the NRC its annual 
surety update for 2014-2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML14337A251). The 
NRC's staff reviewed the annual financial surety update and found the 
values reasonable for the required reclamation activities (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML14162A050). Lost Creek maintains an approved financial 
assurance instrument in favor of the State of Wyoming; however, it does 
not have a standby trust agreement (STA) in place, as required by 10 
CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9.

II. Description of Action

    As of December 17, 2012, NRC's uranium milling licensees, which are 
regulated, in part, under 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, are 
required to have an STA in place. Criterion 9 provides that if a 
licensee does not use a trust as its financial assurance mechanism, 
then the licensee is required to establish a standby trust fund to 
receive funds in the event the Commission or State regulatory agency 
exercises its right to collect the funds provided for by surety bond or 
letter of credit. The purpose of an STA is to provide a separate 
account to hold the decommissioning funds in the event of a default.
    Consistent with provisions of 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 
9(d), Lost Creek has consolidated its NRC financial assurance sureties 
with those it is required to obtain by the State of Wyoming, and the 
financial instrument is held by the State of Wyoming. Lost Creek has 
not established an STA, nor has it requested an exemption from the 
requirement to do so.
    Wyoming law requires that a separate account be set up to receive 
forfeited decommissioning funds, but does not specifically require an 
STA. Section 35-11-424(a) of the Code of Wyoming states that ``[a]ll 
forfeitures collected under the provisions of this act shall be 
deposited with the State treasurer in a separate account for 
reclamation purposes.'' Under Wyoming Department of Environmental 
Quality (WDEQ) financial assurance requirements, WDEQ holds permit 
bonds in a fiduciary fund called an agency fund. If a bond is 
forfeited, the forfeited funds are moved to a special revenue account. 
Although the Wyoming special revenue account is not an STA, the special 
revenue account serves a similar purpose in that forfeited funds are 
not deposited into the State treasury for general fund use, but instead 
are set aside in the special revenue account to be used exclusively for 
reclamation, i.e., decommissioning, purposes.
    The NRC has the discretion, under 10 CFR 40.14(a), to grant an 
exemption from the requirements of a regulation in 10 CFR part 40 on 
its own initiative, if the NRC determines the exemption is authorized 
by law and will not endanger life or property or the common defense and 
security and is otherwise in the public interest. The NRC has elected 
to grant Lost Creek an exemption to the STA requirements in 10 CFR part 
40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, for the current surety arrangement until 
the next review cycle to allow the NRC an opportunity to evaluate 
whether the State of Wyoming's separate account requirements for 
financial assurance instruments it holds is consistent with the NRC's 
STA requirements.

III. Discussion

A. The Exemption Is Authorized by Law

    The NRC staff concluded that the proposed exemption is authorized 
by law as 10 CFR 40.14(a) expressly allows for an exemption to the 
requirements in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9, and the 
proposed exemption would not be contrary to any provision of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended.

B. The Exemption Presents No Undue Risk to Public Health and Safety

    The exemption is related to the financial surety. The requirement 
that the licensee provide adequate financial assurance through an 
approved mechanism (e.g., a surety bond, irrevocable letter of credit) 
would remain unaffected by the exemption. Rather, the exemption would 
only pertain to the establishment of a dedicated trust in which funds 
could be deposited in the event that the financial assurance mechanism 
needed to be liquidated. The requirement in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, 
Criterion 9(d), allows for the financial or surety arrangements to be 
consolidated within a State's similar financial assurance instrument. 
The NRC has determined that while the WDEQ does not require an STA, the 
special revenue account may serve a similar purpose in that forfeited 
funds are not deposited into the State treasury for general fund use, 
but instead are set aside in the special revenue account to be used 
exclusively for site-specific reclamation, i.e., decommissioning, 
purposes. Because the licensee remains obligated to establish an 
adequate financial assurance mechanism for its licensed sites, and the 
NRC has approved such a mechanism, sufficient funds are available in 
the event that the site would need to be decommissioned. A temporary 
delay in establishing an STA does not impact the present availability 
and adequacy of the actual financial assurance mechanism. Therefore, 
the limited exemption being issued by the NRC herein presents no undue 
risk to public health and safety.

C. The Exemption Is Consistent With the Common Defense and Security

    The proposed exemption would not involve or implicate the common 
defense or security. Therefore, granting the exemption will have no 
effect on the common defense and security.

D. The Exemption Is in the Public Interest

    The proposed exemption would enable the NRC staff to evaluate the 
State of Wyoming's separate account provision and the NRC's STA 
requirement to determine if they are comparable. The evaluation process 
will allow the NRC to determine whether the licensee's compliance with 
the state law provision will sufficiently address the NRC requirement 
as well, and therefore provide clarity on the implementation of the NRC 
regulation in this instance. Therefore, granting the exemption is in 
the public interest.

E. Environmental Considerations

    The NRC staff has determined that granting of an exemption from the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9 belongs to a 
category of regulatory actions which the NRC, by regulation, has 
determined do not individually or cumulatively have a significant 
effect on the environment, and as such do not require an

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environmental assessment. The exemption from the requirement to have an 
STA in place is eligible for categorical exclusion under 10 CFR 
51.22(c)(25)(vi)(H), which provides that exemptions from surety, 
insurance, or indemnification requirements are categorically excluded 
if the exemption would not result in any significant hazards 
consideration; change or increase in the amount of any offsite 
effluents; increase in individual or cumulative public or occupational 
radiation exposure; construction impacts; or increase in the potential 
for or consequence from radiological accidents. The NRC staff finds 
that the STA exemption involves surety, insurance and/or indemnity 
requirements and that granting Lost Creek this temporary exemption from 
the requirement of establishing a standby trust arrangement would not 
result in any significant hazards or increases in offsite effluents, 
radiation exposure, construction impacts, or potential radiological 
accidents. Therefore, an environmental assessment is not required.

IV. Conclusions

    Accordingly, the NRC has determined that, pursuant to 10 CFR 
40.14(a), the proposed temporary exemption is authorized by law, will 
not present an undue risk to the public health and safety, is 
consistent with the common defense and security, and is in the public 
interest. NRC hereby grants Lost Creek ISR, LLC an exemption from the 
requirement in 10 CFR part 40, Appendix A, Criterion 9 to set up a 
standby trust to receive funds in the event the NRC or the State 
regulatory agency exercises is right to collect the surety. This 
exemption will expire on February 10, 2015, for the Lost Creek ISR 
Project. At that time, Lost Creek will be required to ensure compliance 
with the STA requirements.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of July 2015.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew Persinko,
Deputy Director, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and 
Environmental Programs, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards.
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