Holtec International HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Project, 16150-16151 [2020-05690]

Download as PDF 16150 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 55 / Friday, March 20, 2020 / Notices 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 supporting statement and title of documents Design Information Questionnaire—IAEA N–71 and Associated Forms N–72, N–73, N–74, N–75, N–76, N–77, N–91, N–92, N–93, N–94 are available in ADAMS under Accession Nos. ML20010F368; ML20010F313, ML20010F314, ML20010F315, ML20010F316, ML20010F317, ML20010F305, ML20010F307, ML20010F308, ML20010F309, ML20010F311, and ML20010F312. • 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. • NRC’s Clearance Officer: A copy of the collection of information and related instructions may be obtained without charge by contacting NRC’s Clearance Officer, David Cullison, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 2084; email: INFOCOLLECTS.Resource@ NRC.GOV. 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. 10. Abstract: In order for the United States to fulfill its responsibilities as a participant in the U.S./International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safeguards Agreement, the NRC must collect information from licensees about their installations and provide it to the IAEA. Licensees of facilities that appear on the U.S. eligible list and have been notified in writing by the NRC are required to complete and submit a Design Information Questionnaire, IAEA Form N–71 (and the appropriate associated IAEA Form) or Form N–91, to provide information concerning their installation for use by the IAEA. B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2020– 0027 in the subject line of your comment submission, in order to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment submission available to the public in this docket. The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact information in comment submissions that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your comment submission. The NRC will post all comment submissions at https:// www.regulations.gov as well as enter the comment submissions into ADAMS, and the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove identifying or contact information. II. Background In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), the NRC is requesting public comment on its intention to request the OMB’s approval for the information collection summarized below. 1. The title of the information collection: Design Information Questionnaire—IAEA N–71 and Associated Forms N–72, N–73, N–74, N–75, N–76, N–77, N–91, N–92, N–93, N–94. 2. OMB approval number: 3150–0056. 3. Type of submission: Extension. 4. The form number, if applicable: IAEA Form N–71 (and the appropriate associated IAEA Form) or Form N–91, to provide information concerning their installation for use by the IAEA. 5. How often the collection is required or requested: 1 time per year. 6. Who will be required or asked to respond: Licensees of facilities on the U.S. eligible list who have been notified in writing by the NRC to submit the form. 7. The estimated number of annual responses: 2.0. 8. The estimated number of annual respondents: 2.0. 9. The estimated number of hours needed annually to comply with the information collection requirement or request: 360 reporting hours. Office Name NMSS ................................................................ OCIO .................................................................. A.Santiago ........................................................ D.Cullison ......................................................... 1/01/2020 03/16/20 NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION ACTION: III. Specific Requests for Comments The NRC is seeking comments that address the following questions: 1. Is the proposed collection of information necessary for the NRC to properly perform its functions? Does the information have practical utility? 2. Is the estimate of the burden of the information collection accurate? 3. Is there a way to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected? 4. How can the burden of the information collection on respondents be minimized, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology? Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 17th day of March 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. David Cullison, NRC Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer. Subject: Information Collection: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget Review Accession Number: ML200105350 To receive a copy of this document, indicate in the box: ‘‘C’’ = Copy without attachment/enclosure; ‘‘E’’ = Copy with attachment/enclosure; ‘‘N’’ = No copy. Date OFFICIAL RECORD COPY [FR Doc. 2020–05904 Filed 3–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P Draft environmental impact statement; request for comment. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES [Docket No. 72–1051; NRC–2018–0052] Holtec International HI–STORE Consolidated Interim Storage Facility Project Nuclear Regulatory Commission. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00104 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for public comment a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Holtec International’s (Holtec’s) application to construct and operate a consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel (SNF) and Greater-Than E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 55 / Friday, March 20, 2020 / Notices Class C (GTCC) waste, along with a small quantity of mixed oxide fuel. The proposed CISF would be located in southeast New Mexico at a site located approximately halfway between the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs, New Mexico. The proposed action is the issuance of an NRC license authorizing the initial phase (Phase 1) of the project to store up to 8,680 metric tons of uranium [9,568 short tons] in 500 canisters for a license period of 40 years. Holtec plans to subsequently request amendments to the license to store an additional 500 canisters for each of 19 expansion phases of the proposed CISF (a total of 20 phases), to be completed over the course of 20 years, and to expand the proposed facility to eventually store up to 10,000 canisters of SNF. DATES: The NRC staff will hold public meetings on the draft EIS. The public meeting details will be announced in the near future. The staff will present the preliminary findings and receive public comments during transcribed public meetings. Members of the public are invited to submit comments by May 22, 2020. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only for comments received before this date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052. Address questions about NRC Docket IDs 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. • Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: TWFN–7– A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001. • Email comments to: HoltecCISFEIS@nrc.gov. 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: Jill Caverly, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415– 7674; email: Jill.Caverly@nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Mar 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments. A. Obtaining Information Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this action by the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC–2018–0052. • NRC’s Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS): You may obtain publiclyavailable documents online in the ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://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. • 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. • Project Webpage: Information related to the Holtec HI–STORE CISF project can be accessed on the NRC’s Holtec HI–STORE CISF web page at https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuelstorage/cis/holtec-international.html. • Public Libraries: A copy of the draft EIS can be accessed at the following public libraries: • Carlsbad Public Library, 101 S. Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM 88220 • Hobbs Public Library, 509 N Shipp St., Hobbs, NM 88240 • Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201 B. Submitting Comments Please include Docket ID NRC–2018– 0052 in your comment submission. Written comments may be submitted during the draft EIS comment period as described in the ADDRESSES section of the document. 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 posts all comment submissions at https:// www.regulations.gov and enters all 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 PO 00000 Frm 00105 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 16151 inform those persons not to include identifying or contact information that they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission because the NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions before making the comment submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions into ADAMS. II. Discussion The NRC is issuing for public comment the draft EIS for Holtec International’s License Application for a Consolidated Interim Storage Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Waste regarding an application from Holtec requesting a license to construct and operate a CISF for SNF and GTCC waste, along with a small quantity of mixed-oxide fuel, which are collectively referred to in the EIS as SNF, and composed primarily of spent uraniumbased fuel. The draft EIS for Holtec’s license application includes the preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. After comparing the impacts of the proposed action (Phase 1) to the NoAction alternative, the NRC staff, in accordance with the requirements in part 51 of title 10 of the Codes of Federal Regulations, recommends the proposed action (Phase 1), which is the issuance of an NRC license for 40 years to Holtec to construct and operate a CISF for SNF at the proposed location. In addition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff recommends the issuance of a permit to construct and operate the rail spur. This recommendation is based on (i) the license application, which includes an environmental report and supplemental documents, and Holtec’s responses to the NRC staff’s requests for additional information; (ii) consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, local agencies, and input from other stakeholders; (iii) independent NRC and BLM staff review; and (iv) the assessments provided in the EIS. Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 13th day of March, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Cinthya I. Roman-Cuevas, Chief, Environmental Review Materials Branch, Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support, Office of Nuclear Material Safety, and Safeguards. [FR Doc. 2020–05690 Filed 3–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P E:\FR\FM\20MRN1.SGM 20MRN1

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 72-1051; NRC-2018-0052]


Holtec International HI-STORE Consolidated Interim Storage 
Facility Project

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft environmental impact statement; request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Holtec 
International's (Holtec's) application to construct and operate a 
consolidated interim storage facility (CISF) for spent nuclear fuel 
(SNF) and Greater-Than

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Class C (GTCC) waste, along with a small quantity of mixed oxide fuel. 
The proposed CISF would be located in southeast New Mexico at a site 
located approximately halfway between the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs, 
New Mexico. The proposed action is the issuance of an NRC license 
authorizing the initial phase (Phase 1) of the project to store up to 
8,680 metric tons of uranium [9,568 short tons] in 500 canisters for a 
license period of 40 years. Holtec plans to subsequently request 
amendments to the license to store an additional 500 canisters for each 
of 19 expansion phases of the proposed CISF (a total of 20 phases), to 
be completed over the course of 20 years, and to expand the proposed 
facility to eventually store up to 10,000 canisters of SNF.

DATES: The NRC staff will hold public meetings on the draft EIS. The 
public meeting details will be announced in the near future. The staff 
will present the preliminary findings and receive public comments 
during transcribed public meetings.
    Members of the public are invited to submit comments by May 22, 
2020. Comments received after this date will be considered if it is 
practical to do so, but the NRC is able to ensure consideration only 
for comments received before this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0052. Address 
questions about NRC Docket IDs 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.
     Mail comments to: Office of Administration, Mail Stop: 
TWFN-7-A60M, ATTN: Program Management, Announcements and Editing Staff, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001.
     Email comments to: [email protected].
    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: Jill Caverly, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7674; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments.

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2018-0052 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information regarding this document. You may 
obtain publicly-available information related to this action by the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2018-0052.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://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].
     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.
     Project Webpage: Information related to the Holtec HI-
STORE CISF project can be accessed on the NRC's Holtec HI-STORE CISF 
web page at https://www.nrc.gov/waste/spent-fuel-storage/cis/holtec-international.html.
     Public Libraries: A copy of the draft EIS can be accessed 
at the following public libraries:

 Carlsbad Public Library, 101 S. Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, NM 
88220
 Hobbs Public Library, 509 N Shipp St., Hobbs, NM 88240
 Roswell Public Library, 301 N. Pennsylvania, Roswell, NM 88201

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2018-0052 in your comment submission. 
Written comments may be submitted during the draft EIS comment period 
as described in the ADDRESSES section of the document.
    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 posts all comment submissions at https://www.regulations.gov and enters all 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 because the NRC does not 
routinely edit comment submissions before making the comment 
submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions 
into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    The NRC is issuing for public comment the draft EIS for Holtec 
International's License Application for a Consolidated Interim Storage 
Facility for Spent Nuclear Fuel and High Level Waste regarding an 
application from Holtec requesting a license to construct and operate a 
CISF for SNF and GTCC waste, along with a small quantity of mixed-oxide 
fuel, which are collectively referred to in the EIS as SNF, and 
composed primarily of spent uranium-based fuel.
    The draft EIS for Holtec's license application includes the 
preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental impacts of the 
proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. After 
comparing the impacts of the proposed action (Phase 1) to the No-Action 
alternative, the NRC staff, in accordance with the requirements in part 
51 of title 10 of the Codes of Federal Regulations, recommends the 
proposed action (Phase 1), which is the issuance of an NRC license for 
40 years to Holtec to construct and operate a CISF for SNF at the 
proposed location. In addition, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) 
staff recommends the issuance of a permit to construct and operate the 
rail spur. This recommendation is based on (i) the license application, 
which includes an environmental report and supplemental documents, and 
Holtec's responses to the NRC staff's requests for additional 
information; (ii) consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, local 
agencies, and input from other stakeholders; (iii) independent NRC and 
BLM staff review; and (iv) the assessments provided in the EIS.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 13th day of March, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Cinthya I. Roman-Cuevas,
Chief, Environmental Review Materials Branch, Division of Rulemaking, 
Environmental, and Financial Support, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety, and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2020-05690 Filed 3-19-20; 8:45 am]
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