Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company; Maine Yankee Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, 23072-23074 [2019-10541]

Download as PDF 23072 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices Dated: May 15, 2019. Crystal Robinson, Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2019–10577 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7555–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 72–30; NRC–2018–0255] Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company; Maine Yankee 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 Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company (MYAPC) on January 8, 2013, and December 16, 2015, for the independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) at Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, Maine. DATES: The EA and FONSI referenced in this document are available on May 21, 2019. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018–0255 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–2018–0255. 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 reader, instructions about obtaining materials referenced in this document jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 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: I. Introduction The NRC is considering the approval of the decommissioning funding plans (DFPs) for the Maine Yankee ISFSI. MYAPC submitted an initial DFP and an updated DFP for NRC review and approval by letters dated January 8, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13045A487), and December 16, 2015 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16015A050), respectively. The NRC staff has prepared a final EA (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML19126A115) in support of its review of MYAPC’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 Maine Yankee 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 Maine Yankee ISFSI is located in Wiscasset, Maine. MYAPC is authorized by the NRC, under License No. SFGL– 14 to store spent nuclear fuel at the Maine Yankee 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 PO 00000 Frm 00056 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 MYAPC on January 8, 2013, and December 16, 2015. Specifically, the NRC must determine whether MYAPC’s DFPs contain the information required by 10 CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c) and whether MYAPC 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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC 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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC’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 Maine Yankee. Need for the Proposed Action The proposed action provides a means for the NRC to confirm that E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 23073 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices MYAPC 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 jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES 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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC’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 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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC’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 MYAPC’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 State of Maine’s Division of Environmental Health, Radiation Control Program (State) by letter dated September 26, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML17083A018), 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 September 26, 2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML16270A506). 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 MYAPC’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. 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 January 8, 2013 .............. December 16, 2015 ........ February 1, 2009 ............ May 15, 2017 .................. September 26, 2016 ....... September 26, 2016 ....... Submission of MYAPC decommissioning funding plan ......................................................... Submission of MYAPC triennial decommissioning funding plan ........................................... Environmental Assessment for Final Rule—Decommissioning Planning ............................. Note to File re Sct 7 Consultations for ISFSI DFPs .............................................................. Consultation Letter: ML16270A431–RLSO ............................................................................ Letter to M. Miller re: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Preliminary Determination of No Effects Regarding the Yankee Nuclear Power Station Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation Decommissioning Funding Plan. NRC staff’s Final EA for the approval of the decommissioning funding plan ....................... May 3, 2019 .................... ADAMS accession No. * (Package). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00057 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 ML13045A487 ML16015A050 ML090500648 ML17135A062 ML17083A018 ML16270A506 ML19126A115 23074 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May 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. 2019–10541 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [NRC–2019–0121] Biweekly Notice: Applications and Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses Involving No Significant Hazards Considerations I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Biweekly notice. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this regular biweekly notice. The Act requires the Commission to publish notice of any amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, and grants the Commission the authority to issue and make immediately effective any amendment to an operating license or combined license, as applicable, upon a determination by the Commission that such amendment involves no significant hazards consideration, notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. This biweekly notice includes all notices of amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, from April 23, 2019, to May 6, 2019. The last biweekly notice was published on May 7, 2019. DATES: Comments must be filed by June 20, 2019. A request for a hearing must be filed by July 22, 2019. 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2019–0121. Address questions about NRC dockets 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. • Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 Commission, Washington, DC 20555– 0001, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff. 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: Lynn Ronewicz, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–1927, email: Lynn.Ronewicz@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2019– 0121, facility name, unit number(s), plant docket number, application date, and subject, 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 Website: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2019–0121. • 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. • 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–2019– 0121, facility name, unit number(s), plant docket number, application date, and subject 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. PO 00000 Frm 00058 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Pursuant to Section 189a.(2) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is publishing this regular biweekly notice. The Act requires the Commission to publish notice of any amendments issued, or proposed to be issued, and grants the Commission the authority to issue and make immediately effective any amendment to an operating license or combined license, as applicable, upon a determination by the Commission that such amendment involves no significant hazards consideration, notwithstanding the pendency before the Commission of a request for a hearing from any person. III. Notice of Consideration of Issuance of Amendments to Facility Operating Licenses and Combined Licenses and Proposed No Significant Hazards Consideration Determination The Commission has made a proposed determination that the following amendment requests involve no significant hazards consideration. Under the Commission’s regulations in § 50.92 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), this means that operation of the facility in accordance with the proposed amendment would not (1) involve a significant increase in the probability or consequences of an accident previously evaluated; or (2) create the possibility of a new or different kind of accident from any accident previously evaluated; or (3) involve a significant reduction in a margin of safety. The basis for this proposed determination for each amendment request is shown below. The Commission is seeking public comments on this proposed determination. Any comments received within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice will be considered in making any final determination. Normally, the Commission will not issue the amendment until the E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 21, 2019)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-10541]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 72-30; NRC-2018-0255]


Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company; Maine Yankee 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 Maine Yankee Atomic Power Company (MYAPC) on January 
8, 2013, and December 16, 2015, for the independent spent fuel storage 
installation (ISFSI) at Maine Yankee in Wiscasset, Maine.

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

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2018-0255 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-2018-0255. 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 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 Maine Yankee ISFSI. MYAPC submitted an initial DFP 
and an updated DFP for NRC review and approval by letters dated January 
8, 2013 (ADAMS Accession No. ML13045A487), and December 16, 2015 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML16015A050), respectively. The NRC staff has prepared a 
final EA (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML19126A115) in support of its 
review of MYAPC'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 Maine Yankee 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 Maine Yankee ISFSI is located in Wiscasset, Maine. MYAPC is 
authorized by the NRC, under License No. SFGL-14 to store spent nuclear 
fuel at the Maine Yankee 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 MYAPC on 
January 8, 2013, and December 16, 2015. Specifically, the NRC must 
determine whether MYAPC's DFPs contain the information required by 10 
CFR 72.30(b) and 72.30(c) and whether MYAPC 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 MYAPC'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 MYAPC 
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 MYAPC'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 MYAPC'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 Maine Yankee.

Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action provides a means for the NRC to confirm that

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MYAPC 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 MYAPC'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 MYAPC'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 
MYAPC'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 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 MYAPC'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 MYAPC'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 MYAPC'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 State of Maine's Division of Environmental 
Health, Radiation Control Program (State) by letter dated September 26, 
2016 (ADAMS Accession No. ML17083A018), 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 September 26, 2016 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML16270A506). 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 MYAPC'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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January 8, 2013.........................  Submission of MYAPC            ML13045A487
                                           decommissioning funding plan.
December 16, 2015.......................  Submission of MYAPC triennial  ML16015A050
                                           decommissioning funding plan.
February 1, 2009........................  Environmental Assessment for   ML090500648
                                           Final Rule--Decommissioning
                                           Planning.
May 15, 2017............................  Note to File re Sct 7          ML17135A062
                                           Consultations for ISFSI DFPs.
September 26, 2016......................  Consultation Letter:           ML17083A018
                                           ML16270A431-RLSO.
September 26, 2016......................  Letter to M. Miller re: U.S.   ML16270A506
                                           Nuclear Regulatory
                                           Commission Preliminary
                                           Determination of No Effects
                                           Regarding the Yankee Nuclear
                                           Power Station Independent
                                           Spent Fuel Storage
                                           Installation Decommissioning
                                           Funding Plan.
May 3, 2019.............................  NRC staff's Final EA for the   ML19126A115
                                           approval of the
                                           decommissioning funding plan.
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May 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. 2019-10541 Filed 5-20-19; 8:45 am]
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