Luminant Generation Company, LLC; Comanche Peak Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, 23087-23089 [2019-10519]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Publicly-available records are also accessible electronically from the ADAMS Public Electronic Reading Room on the internet at the NRC’s website: http://www.nrc.gov/readingrm/adams.html. Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS should contact the NRC’s PDR reference staff by telephone at 1–800– 397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May 2019. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Joel S. Wiebe, Senior Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch III, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2019–10549 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: [Docket Nos. 50–334, 50–346; NRC–2017– 0169] FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company; Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit No. 1, Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 1 Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: License amendment application; withdrawal by applicant. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has granted the request of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company, et al., dated May 8, 2019, to withdraw its application dated May 18, 2017, as supplemented by letter dated August 23, 2018, for proposed amendments to Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR–66 for the Beaver Valley Power Station, Unit No. 1 (BVPS–1), and to Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–3 for the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, Unit No. 1 (DBNPS). The proposed amendments would have modified the BVPS–1 and DBNPS Renewed Facility Operating Licenses to reflect that FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. is providing the $400 million support agreement instead of FirstEnergy Corp. DATES: May 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2017–0169 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2017–0169. Address questions about NRC docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@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 obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/ adams.html. To begin the search, 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 it is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is mentioned in this document. Bhalchandra K. Vaidya, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–3308, email: Bhalchandra.Vaidya@nrc.gov. • 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC has granted the request of FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) (the licensee) dated May 8, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. ML19128A076), to withdraw its May 18, 2017, application, as supplemented by letter dated August 23, 2018 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML17138A381 and ML18235A194, respectively), for proposed amendment to Renewed Facility Operating License No. DPR–66 for the BVPS–1, and to Renewed Facility Operating License No. NPF–3 for DBNPS. The proposed amendment would have modified the BVPS–1 and DBNPS Renewed Facility Operating Licenses to reflect that FirstEnergy Solutions Corp. is providing the $400 million support agreement instead of FirstEnergy Corp. FENOC’s May 18, 2017, request was noticed in the Federal Register on August 1, 2017 (82 FR 35840). Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00071 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23087 For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Bhalchandra K. Vaidya, Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch III, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2019–10545 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 72–74; NRC–2018–0259] Luminant Generation Company, LLC; Comanche Peak Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; issuance. AGENCY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an environmental assessment (EA) and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for its review and approval of the decommissioning funding plans submitted by Luminant Generation Company, LLC (Luminant Power) on March 28, 2013, and March 31, 2015, for the independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) at Comanche Peak in Glen Rose, Texas. DATES: The EA and FONSI referenced in this document are available on May 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018–0259 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0259. Address questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; telephone: 301–287–9127; email: Jennifer.Borges@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 ‘‘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. For the convenience of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 23088 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices reader, instructions about obtaining materials referenced in this document are provided in the Availability of Documents section. • 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: Pamela Longmire, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–7465, email: Pamela.Longmire@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: each holder of, or applicant for, a license under 10 CFR part 72 to submit, for NRC review and approval, a DFP. The purpose of the DFP is to demonstrate the licensee’s financial assurance, i.e., that funds will be available to decommission the ISFSI. The NRC staff is reviewing the DFPs submitted by Luminant Power on March 28, 2013, and March 31, 2015. Specifically, the NRC must determine whether Luminant Power’s DFPs contain the information required by 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c) and whether Luminant Power has provided reasonable assurance that funds will be available to decommission the ISFSI. I. Introduction The NRC is considering the approval of the decommissioning funding plans (DFPs) for the Comanche Peak ISFSI. Luminant Power submitted an initial DFP and an updated DFP for NRC review and approval by letters dated March 28, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13136A221), and March 31, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15103A281), respectively. The NRC staff has prepared a final EA (ADAMS Accession No. ML19120A336) in support of its review of Luminant Power’s DFPs, in accordance with the NRC regulations in part 51 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions,’’ which implement the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Based on the EA, the NRC staff has determined that approval of the DFPs for the Comanche Peak ISFSI will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment, and accordingly, the staff has concluded that a FONSI is appropriate. The NRC staff further finds that preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not warranted. Description of the Proposed Action jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES II. Environmental Assessment Background The Comanche Peak ISFSI is located in Glen Rose, Texas. Luminant Power is authorized by the NRC, under License No. SFGL–50 to store spent nuclear fuel at the Comanche Peak ISFSI. The NRC requires its licensees to plan for the eventual decommissioning of their licensed facilities prior to license termination. On June 17, 2011, the NRC published a final rule in the Federal Register amending its decommissioning planning regulations (76 FR 35512). The final rule amended the NRC regulation, 10 CFR 72.30, which concerns financial assurance and decommissioning for ISFSIs. This regulation now requires VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 The proposed action is the NRC’s review and approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c). To approve the DFPs, the NRC evaluates whether the decommissioning cost estimate (DCE) adequately estimates the cost to conduct the required ISFSI decommissioning activities prior to license termination, including identification of the volume of onsite subsurface material containing residual radioactivity that will require remediation to meet the license termination criteria in 10 CFR 20.1402 or 10 CFR 20.1403. The NRC also evaluates whether the aggregate dollar amount of Luminant Power financial instruments provides adequate financial assurance to cover the DCE and that the financial instruments meet the criteria of 10 CFR 72.30(e). Finally, the NRC evaluates whether the effects of the following events have been considered in Luminant Power’s submittal: (1) Spills of radioactive material producing additional residual radioactivity in onsite subsurface material; (2) facility modifications; (3) changes in authorized possession limits; and (4) actual remediation costs that exceed the previous cost estimate, consistent with 10 CFR 72.30(c). The proposed action does not require any changes to the ISFSI’s licensed routine operations, maintenance activities, or monitoring programs, nor does it require any new construction or land-disturbing activities. The scope of the proposed action concerns only the NRC’s review and approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs. The scope of the proposed action does not include, and will not result in, the review and approval of any decontamination or decommissioning activity or license termination for the ISFSI or any other part of Comanche Peak. PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Need for the Proposed Action The proposed action provides a means for the NRC to confirm that Luminant Power will have sufficient funding to cover the costs of decommissioning the ISFSI, including the reduction of the residual radioactivity at the ISFSI to the level specified by the applicable NRC license termination regulations concerning release of the property (10 CFR 20.1402 or 10 CFR 20.1403). Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action The NRC’s approval of the DFPs will not change the scope or nature of the operation of the ISFSI and will not authorize any changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities. The NRC’s approval of the DFPs will not result in any changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological or non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste. Moreover, the approval of the DFPs will not authorize any construction activity or facility modification. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that the approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs is a procedural and administrative action that will not result in any significant impact to the environment. Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (54 U.S.C. 30618) (NHPA), requires Federal agencies to consider the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. In accordance with the NHPA implementing regulations at 36 CFR part 800, ‘‘Protection of Historic Properties,’’ the NRC’s approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs constitutes a Federal undertaking. The NRC, however, has determined that the approval of the DFPs is a type of undertaking that does not have the potential to cause effects on historic properties, assuming such historic properties were present, because the NRC’s approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs will not authorize or result in changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities, or changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological or non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste. Therefore, in accordance with 36 CFR 800.3(a)(1), no consultation is required under Section 106 of the NHPA. Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA), prior to taking a proposed action, a Federal agency must determine E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 23089 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices whether (i) endangered and threatened species or their critical habitats are known to be in the vicinity of the proposed action and if so, whether (ii) the proposed Federal action may affect listed species or critical habitats. The NRC has determined that the proposed action will have no effect on any listed species or their critical habitats because the NRC’s approval of Luminant Power’s DFPs will not authorize or result in changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities, or changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological or non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste. Alternative to the Proposed Action In addition to the proposed action, the NRC evaluated the no-action alternative. The no-action alternative is to deny Luminant Power’s DFPs. A denial of a DFP that meets the criteria of 10 CFR 72.30(b) or 72.30(c) does not support the regulatory intent of the 2011 rulemaking. As noted in the EA for the 2011 rulemaking (ADAMS Accession No. ML090500648), not promulgating the 2011 final rule would have increased the likelihood of additional legacy sites. Thus, denying Luminant Power’s DFPs, which the NRC has found to meet the criteria of 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c), will undermine the licensee’s decommissioning planning. On this basis, the NRC has concluded that the no-action alternative is not a viable alternative. Agencies and Persons Consulted The NRC staff consulted with other agencies and parties regarding the environmental impacts of the proposed action. The NRC provided a draft of its EA to the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, Office of Budget and Policy (State) by letter dated July 15, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML17139B989), and gave the State 30 days to respond. The State did not respond. The NRC also consulted with the Fish and Wildlife Service by letter dated July 15, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16197A054). However, the NRC staff has determined that consultation under ESA Section 7 is not required because the proposed action is administrative/procedural in nature and will not affect listed species or critical habitat (ADAMS Accession No. ML17135A062). III. Finding of No Significant Impact The NRC staff has determined that the proposed action, the review and IV. Availability of Documents The following documents, related to this notice, can be found using any of the methods provided in the following table. Instructions for accessing ADAMS were provided under the ADDRESSES section of this document. Date Document ADAMS Accession No. March 28, 2013 ......................................... March 31, 2015 ......................................... February 1, 2009 ....................................... May 15, 2017 ............................................ July 15, 2016 ............................................. July 15, 2016 ............................................. Submission of Luminant Power decommissioning funding plan ................................ Submission of Luminant Power triennial decommissioning funding plan ................... Environmental Assessment for Final Rule—Decommissioning Planning ................... Note to File re Sct 7 Consultations for ISFSI DFPs ................................................... Consultation Letter: ML16197A131–RLSO ................................................................. Letter to S. Jacobsen re: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Preliminary Determination of No Effects Regarding the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 and 2 Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Decommissioning Funding Plan. NRC staff’s Final EA for the approval of the decommissioning funding plan ............ ML13136A221 ML15103A281 ML090500648 ML17135A062 ML17139B989 ML16197A054 April 26, 2019 ............................................ Dated at Rockville, Maryland, on May 15, 2019. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. John McKirgan, Chief, Spent Fuel Licensing Branch, Division of Spent Fuel Management, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2019–10519 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Advisory Committee: Closed Meeting President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, Office of Personnel Management. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of meeting. The President’s Commission on White House Fellowships (PCWHF) was established by an Executive Order in 1964. The PCWHF is an advisory committee composed of Special Government Employees appointed by the President. The Advisory Committee meets in June to interview potential SUMMARY: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES approval of Luminant Power’s initial and updated DFPs, submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c), will not authorize or result in changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities, or changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological or non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste. Moreover, the approval of the DFPs will not authorize any construction activity, facility modification, or any other landdisturbing activity. The NRC staff has concluded that the proposed action is a procedural and administrative action and as such, that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. Therefore, the NRC staff has determined not to prepare an EIS for the proposed action but will issue this FONSI. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ML19120A336 candidates for recommendation to become a White House Fellow. The meeting is closed. Name of Committee: President’s Commission on White House Fellowships Selection Weekend. Date: June 7–10, 2019. Time: 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Place: St. Regis Hotel, 16th and K Street, Washington, DC 20006. Agenda: The Commission will interview 30 National Finalists for the selection of the new class of White House Fellows. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth D. Pinkerton, 712 Jackson Place NW, Washington, DC 20503, Phone: 202–395–4522. E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 72-74; NRC-2018-0259]


Luminant Generation Company, LLC; Comanche Peak Independent Spent 
Fuel Storage Installation

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 (EA) and a finding of no significant impact 
(FONSI) for its review and approval of the decommissioning funding 
plans submitted by Luminant Generation Company, LLC (Luminant Power) on 
March 28, 2013, and March 31, 2015, for the independent spent fuel 
storage installation (ISFSI) at Comanche Peak in Glen Rose, Texas.

DATES: The EA and FONSI referenced in this document are available on 
May 21, 2019.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2018-0259 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0259. Address 
questions about Docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; 
telephone: 301-287-9127; email: [email protected]. 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 ``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 [email protected]. For the convenience of the

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reader, instructions about obtaining materials referenced in this 
document are provided in the Availability of Documents section.
     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: Pamela Longmire, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7465, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The NRC is considering the approval of the decommissioning funding 
plans (DFPs) for the Comanche Peak ISFSI. Luminant Power submitted an 
initial DFP and an updated DFP for NRC review and approval by letters 
dated March 28, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13136A221), and March 31, 
2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML15103A281), respectively. The NRC staff has 
prepared a final EA (ADAMS Accession No. ML19120A336) in support of its 
review of Luminant Power's DFPs, in accordance with the NRC regulations 
in part 51 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), 
``Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and 
Related Regulatory Functions,'' which implement the National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). 
Based on the EA, the NRC staff has determined that approval of the DFPs 
for the Comanche Peak ISFSI will not significantly affect the quality 
of the human environment, and accordingly, the staff has concluded that 
a FONSI is appropriate. The NRC staff further finds that preparation of 
an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not warranted.

II. Environmental Assessment

Background

    The Comanche Peak ISFSI is located in Glen Rose, Texas. Luminant 
Power is authorized by the NRC, under License No. SFGL-50 to store 
spent nuclear fuel at the Comanche Peak ISFSI.
    The NRC requires its licensees to plan for the eventual 
decommissioning of their licensed facilities prior to license 
termination. On June 17, 2011, the NRC published a final rule in the 
Federal Register amending its decommissioning planning regulations (76 
FR 35512). The final rule amended the NRC regulation, 10 CFR 72.30, 
which concerns financial assurance and decommissioning for ISFSIs. This 
regulation now requires each holder of, or applicant for, a license 
under 10 CFR part 72 to submit, for NRC review and approval, a DFP. The 
purpose of the DFP is to demonstrate the licensee's financial 
assurance, i.e., that funds will be available to decommission the 
ISFSI. The NRC staff is reviewing the DFPs submitted by Luminant Power 
on March 28, 2013, and March 31, 2015. Specifically, the NRC must 
determine whether Luminant Power's DFPs contain the information 
required by 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c) and whether Luminant Power has 
provided reasonable assurance that funds will be available to 
decommission the ISFSI.

Description of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action is the NRC's review and approval of Luminant 
Power's DFPs submitted in accordance with 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c). 
To approve the DFPs, the NRC evaluates whether the decommissioning cost 
estimate (DCE) adequately estimates the cost to conduct the required 
ISFSI decommissioning activities prior to license termination, 
including identification of the volume of onsite subsurface material 
containing residual radioactivity that will require remediation to meet 
the license termination criteria in 10 CFR 20.1402 or 10 CFR 20.1403. 
The NRC also evaluates whether the aggregate dollar amount of Luminant 
Power financial instruments provides adequate financial assurance to 
cover the DCE and that the financial instruments meet the criteria of 
10 CFR 72.30(e). Finally, the NRC evaluates whether the effects of the 
following events have been considered in Luminant Power's submittal: 
(1) Spills of radioactive material producing additional residual 
radioactivity in onsite subsurface material; (2) facility 
modifications; (3) changes in authorized possession limits; and (4) 
actual remediation costs that exceed the previous cost estimate, 
consistent with 10 CFR 72.30(c).
    The proposed action does not require any changes to the ISFSI's 
licensed routine operations, maintenance activities, or monitoring 
programs, nor does it require any new construction or land-disturbing 
activities. The scope of the proposed action concerns only the NRC's 
review and approval of Luminant Power's DFPs. The scope of the proposed 
action does not include, and will not result in, the review and 
approval of any decontamination or decommissioning activity or license 
termination for the ISFSI or any other part of Comanche Peak.

Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action provides a means for the NRC to confirm that 
Luminant Power will have sufficient funding to cover the costs of 
decommissioning the ISFSI, including the reduction of the residual 
radioactivity at the ISFSI to the level specified by the applicable NRC 
license termination regulations concerning release of the property (10 
CFR 20.1402 or 10 CFR 20.1403).

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC's approval of the DFPs will not change the scope or nature 
of the operation of the ISFSI and will not authorize any changes to 
licensed operations or maintenance activities. The NRC's approval of 
the DFPs will not result in any changes in the types, characteristics, 
or quantities of radiological or non-radiological effluents released 
into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in the creation of any 
solid waste. Moreover, the approval of the DFPs will not authorize any 
construction activity or facility modification. Therefore, the NRC 
staff concludes that the approval of Luminant Power's DFPs is a 
procedural and administrative action that will not result in any 
significant impact to the environment.
    Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as 
amended (54 U.S.C. 30618) (NHPA), requires Federal agencies to consider 
the effects of their undertakings on historic properties. In accordance 
with the NHPA implementing regulations at 36 CFR part 800, ``Protection 
of Historic Properties,'' the NRC's approval of Luminant Power's DFPs 
constitutes a Federal undertaking. The NRC, however, has determined 
that the approval of the DFPs is a type of undertaking that does not 
have the potential to cause effects on historic properties, assuming 
such historic properties were present, because the NRC's approval of 
Luminant Power's DFPs will not authorize or result in changes to 
licensed operations or maintenance activities, or changes in the types, 
characteristics, or quantities of radiological or non-radiological 
effluents released into the environment from the ISFSI, or result in 
the creation of any solid waste. Therefore, in accordance with 36 CFR 
800.3(a)(1), no consultation is required under Section 106 of the NHPA.
    Under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.) (ESA), prior to taking a proposed action, a Federal 
agency must determine

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whether (i) endangered and threatened species or their critical 
habitats are known to be in the vicinity of the proposed action and if 
so, whether (ii) the proposed Federal action may affect listed species 
or critical habitats. The NRC has determined that the proposed action 
will have no effect on any listed species or their critical habitats 
because the NRC's approval of Luminant Power's DFPs will not authorize 
or result in changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities, 
or changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological 
or non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the 
ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste.

Alternative to the Proposed Action

    In addition to the proposed action, the NRC evaluated the no-action 
alternative. The no-action alternative is to deny Luminant Power's 
DFPs. A denial of a DFP that meets the criteria of 10 CFR 72.30(b) or 
72.30(c) does not support the regulatory intent of the 2011 rulemaking. 
As noted in the EA for the 2011 rulemaking (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML090500648), not promulgating the 2011 final rule would have increased 
the likelihood of additional legacy sites. Thus, denying Luminant 
Power's DFPs, which the NRC has found to meet the criteria of 10 CFR 
72.30(b) and 72.30(c), will undermine the licensee's decommissioning 
planning. On this basis, the NRC has concluded that the no-action 
alternative is not a viable alternative.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    The NRC staff consulted with other agencies and parties regarding 
the environmental impacts of the proposed action. The NRC provided a 
draft of its EA to the Office of the Governor of the State of Texas, 
Office of Budget and Policy (State) by letter dated July 15, 2016 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML17139B989), and gave the State 30 days to 
respond. The State did not respond. The NRC also consulted with the 
Fish and Wildlife Service by letter dated July 15, 2016 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML16197A054). However, the NRC staff has determined that 
consultation under ESA Section 7 is not required because the proposed 
action is administrative/procedural in nature and will not affect 
listed species or critical habitat (ADAMS Accession No. ML17135A062).

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The NRC staff has determined that the proposed action, the review 
and approval of Luminant Power's initial and updated DFPs, submitted in 
accordance with 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c), will not authorize or 
result in changes to licensed operations or maintenance activities, or 
changes in the types, characteristics, or quantities of radiological or 
non-radiological effluents released into the environment from the 
ISFSI, or result in the creation of any solid waste. Moreover, the 
approval of the DFPs will not authorize any construction activity, 
facility modification, or any other land-disturbing activity. The NRC 
staff has concluded that the proposed action is a procedural and 
administrative action and as such, that the proposed action will not 
have a significant effect on the quality of the human environment. 
Therefore, the NRC staff has determined not to prepare an EIS for the 
proposed action but will issue this FONSI.

IV. Availability of Documents

    The following documents, related to this notice, can be found using 
any of the methods provided in the following table. Instructions for 
accessing ADAMS were provided under the ADDRESSES section of this 
document.

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March 28, 2013...............  Submission of          ML13136A221
                                Luminant Power
                                decommissioning
                                funding plan.
March 31, 2015...............  Submission of          ML15103A281
                                Luminant Power
                                triennial
                                decommissioning
                                funding plan.
February 1, 2009.............  Environmental          ML090500648
                                Assessment for Final
                                Rule--Decommissionin
                                g Planning.
May 15, 2017.................  Note to File re Sct 7  ML17135A062
                                Consultations for
                                ISFSI DFPs.
July 15, 2016................  Consultation Letter:   ML17139B989
                                ML16197A131-RLSO.
July 15, 2016................  Letter to S. Jacobsen  ML16197A054
                                re: U.S. Nuclear
                                Regulatory
                                Commission
                                Preliminary
                                Determination of No
                                Effects Regarding
                                the Comanche Peak
                                Nuclear Power Plant
                                Units 1 and 2
                                Independent Spent
                                Fuel Storage
                                Installation
                                Decommissioning
                                Funding Plan.
April 26, 2019...............  NRC staff's Final EA   ML19120A336
                                for the approval of
                                the decommissioning
                                funding plan.
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, on May 15, 2019.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John McKirgan,
Chief, Spent Fuel Licensing Branch, Division of Spent Fuel Management, 
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2019-10519 Filed 5-20-19; 8:45 am]
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