Humboldt Bay Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation, 26734-26735 [2020-09598]

Download as PDF 26734 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 87 / Tuesday, May 5, 2020 / Notices Amendment Nos. ................................................ Public Comments Requested as to Proposed NSHC (Yes/No). Docket Nos. ......................................................... 291. NSHC. 50–250. Vistra Operations Company LLC; Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Unit Nos. 1 and 2; Somervell County, TX Date of Amendment ............................................ Brief Description of Amendment ......................... ADAMS Accession No. ....................................... Amendment Nos. ................................................ Public Comments Requested as to Proposed NSHC (Yes/No). Docket Nos .......................................................... For details, including the applicable notice period, see the individual notice in the Federal Register on the day and page cited. Dated: April 23, 2020. For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Mohamed K. Shams, Deputy Director, Division of Operating Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation. [FR Doc. 2020–09046 Filed 5–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. 72–27; NRC–2019–0193] Humboldt Bay 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 considering the renewal of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) License SNM–2514 for the Humboldt Bay independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) (Humboldt Bay ISFSI) located in Humboldt County, California. The NRC has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for this proposed license renewal in accordance with its regulations. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The NRC also is conducting a safety evaluation of the proposed license renewal. DATES: The EA and FONSI referenced in this document are available on May 5, 2020. ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC–2019–0193 when contacting the NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:16 May 04, 2020 Jkt 250001 April 17, 2020. The amendments revised Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant, Units 1 and 2, Technical Specification 5.5.9, ‘‘Unit 1 Model D76 and Unit 2 Model D5 Steam Generator (SG) Program,’’ to allow a one-time change in the Comanche Peak Unit 2 SG inspection frequency. The change allowed the licensee to defer the Unit 2 SG inspections for the spring 2020 refueling outage to the fall 2021 refueling outage. ML20108E878. 173 (Unit 1) and 173 (Unit 2). NSHC. 50–445, 50–446. You may obtain publicly-available information related to this document using any of the following methods: • Federal Rulemaking Website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID NRC–2019–0193. 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 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 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. The ADAMS accession number for each document referenced in this document (if that document is available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monika Coflin, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555–0001; telephone: 301–415–5932, email: Monika.Coflin@ nrc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Introduction The NRC is considering a license renewal request for SNM–2514 for the Humboldt Bay ISFSI located in Humboldt County, California (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML18215A202). The licensee, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), is requesting to renew license SNM–2514 for the Humboldt Bay ISFSI for an additional 40 years. The current license will expire on November 17, PO 00000 Frm 00079 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2025. If approved, PG&E would be able to continue to possess and store spent nuclear fuel at the Humboldt Bay ISFSI in accordance with the requirements in part 72 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ‘‘Licensing Requirements for the Independent Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel, HighLevel Radioactive Waste, and ReactorRelated Greater than Class C Waste.’’ The NRC staff has prepared a final EA as part of its review of this license renewal request in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR part 51, ‘‘Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory Functions.’’ Based on the final EA, the NRC has determined that an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required for this proposed action and a FONSI is appropriate. The NRC is also conducting a safety evaluation of the proposed license amendment pursuant to 10 CFR part 72, and the results will be documented in a separate Safety Evaluation Report (SER). If PG&E’s request is approved, the NRC will issue the license renewal following publication of this final EA and FONSI and the SER in the Federal Register. II. Final Environmental Assessment Summary PG&E is requesting to renew license SNM–2514 for the Humboldt Bay ISFSI for a 40-year period. The NRC has considered the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action, including license renewal for an additional 20-year term, shipment of spent fuel to an offsite facility, and the no-action alternative of denying the license renewal request. The results of the NRC’s environmental review can be found in the final EA (ADAMS Accession No. ML19252A248). The NRC staff performed its environmental review in accordance with the requirements in 10 CFR part 51. In E:\FR\FM\05MYN1.SGM 05MYN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 87 / Tuesday, May 5, 2020 / Notices conducting the environmental review, the NRC considered information in the license renewal application and from communications with the California State Historic Preservation Office; the State of California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC); nine Native American Tribes; the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW); and the California State Department of Health Services. Approval of PG&E’s proposed license renewal request would allow the five (5) HI–STAR 100 HB casks containing spent fuel and one storage cask containing greater than Class C (GTCC) activated metal waste to continue to remain on the Humboldt Bay ISFSI for an additional 40 years. The estimated annual dose to the nearest resident from ISFSI activities is 0.0448 mSv/yr (4.48 mrem/yr), which is below the 0.25 mSv/ yr (25 mrem/yr) limit specified in 10 CFR 72.104(a). Furthermore, PG&E maintains a radiation protection program for the ISFSI in accordance with 10 CFR part 20 to ensure that radiation doses are as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA). Accordingly, no significant radiological or non-radiological impacts are expected to result from approval of the license renewal request, and the proposed action would not significantly contribute to cumulative impacts at the Humboldt Bay site. Additionally, the proposed action would not cause a significant impact on any population, nor did the staff identify significant percentages of minority or low-income populations within a 6 km (4 mi) radius of the ISFSI. The Commission has stated that absent ‘‘significant impacts, an environmental justice review should not be considered for an EA where a FONSI is issued unless special circumstances warrant the review.’’ In its license renewal request, PG&E is proposing no changes in how it handles or stores spent fuel at the Humboldt Bay ISFSI. Approval of the proposed action would not result in any new construction or expansion of the existing ISFSI footprint beyond that previously approved. The ISFSI is a largely passive facility that produces no liquid or gaseous effluents. No significant radiological or nonradiological impacts are expected from continued normal operations. Occupational dose estimates associated with the proposed action and continued normal operation and maintenance of the ISFSI are expected to be at ALARA levels and within the limits of 10 CFR 20.1201. Therefore, the NRC staff has determined that pursuant to 10 CFR 51.31, preparation of an EIS is not required for the proposed action, and VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:16 May 04, 2020 Jkt 250001 pursuant to 10 CFR 51.32, a FONSI is appropriate. Furthermore, the NRC staff determined that, because approval of this license renewal request would maintain the status quo at the site, it does not have the potential to cause effects on historic properties; therefore, in accordance with 36 CFR 800.3(a)(1), no consultation is required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966. The NRC staff informed the California State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) of its determination via letter dated June 19, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. ML19169A154) and informed nine Native American Tribes via letters dated November 15, 2018 (ADAMS Package Accession No. ML18303A365). The California SHPO responded via letter dated July 11, 2019, indicating that the SHPO does not object to a finding that no historic properties would be affected by this undertaking (ADAMS Accession No. ML19198A078). The NRC staff, with the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) project planning tool, determined that the listed species and/or critical habitat would not be adversely affected by the proposed action. III. Finding of No Significant Impact Based on its review of the proposed action in the EA, in accordance with the requirements in 10 CFR part 51, the NRC has concluded that the proposed action, renewal of NRC Special Nuclear Materials License No. SNM–2514 for the Humboldt Bay ISFSI located in Humboldt County, California, will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, the NRC has determined, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.31, that preparation of an EIS is not required for the proposed action and a finding of no significant impact is appropriate. Dated: April 30, 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. 2020–09598 Filed 5–4–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket Nos. MC2020–123 and CP2020–131; MC2020–124 and CP2020–132] New Postal Product AGENCY: PO 00000 Postal Regulatory Commission. Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: 26735 Notice. The Commission is noticing a recent Postal Service filing for the Commission’s consideration concerning a negotiated service agreement. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: May 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Table of Contents I. Introduction II. Docketed Proceeding(s) I. Introduction The Commission gives notice that the Postal Service filed request(s) for the Commission to consider matters related to negotiated service agreement(s). The request(s) may propose the addition or removal of a negotiated service agreement from the market dominant or the competitive product list, or the modification of an existing product currently appearing on the market dominant or the competitive product list. Section II identifies the docket number(s) associated with each Postal Service request, the title of each Postal Service request, the request’s acceptance date, and the authority cited by the Postal Service for each request. For each request, the Commission appoints an officer of the Commission to represent the interests of the general public in the proceeding, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505 (Public Representative). Section II also establishes comment deadline(s) pertaining to each request. The public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s) can be accessed via the Commission’s website (http:// www.prc.gov). Non-public portions of the Postal Service’s request(s), if any, can be accessed through compliance with the requirements of 39 CFR 3011.301.1 The Commission invites comments on whether the Postal Service’s request(s) 1 See Docket No. RM2018–3, Order Adopting Final Rules Relating to Non-Public Information, June 27, 2018, Attachment A at 19–22 (Order No. 4679). 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 87 (Tuesday, May 5, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09598]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 72-27; NRC-2019-0193]


Humboldt Bay 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 considering 
the renewal of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) License SNM-2514 for the 
Humboldt Bay independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) 
(Humboldt Bay ISFSI) located in Humboldt County, California. The NRC 
has prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for this proposed license 
renewal in accordance with its regulations. Based on the EA, the NRC 
has concluded that a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) is 
appropriate. The NRC also is conducting a safety evaluation of the 
proposed license renewal.

DATES: The EA and FONSI referenced in this document are available on 
May 5, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2019-0193 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 https://www.regulations.gov/ and search for Docket ID NRC-2019-0193. Address 
questions about NRC 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 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]. The ADAMS accession number for each 
document referenced in this document (if that document is available in 
ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is referenced.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monika Coflin, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-5932, email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Introduction

    The NRC is considering a license renewal request for SNM-2514 for 
the Humboldt Bay ISFSI located in Humboldt County, California (ADAMS 
Package Accession No. ML18215A202). The licensee, Pacific Gas & 
Electric (PG&E), is requesting to renew license SNM-2514 for the 
Humboldt Bay ISFSI for an additional 40 years. The current license will 
expire on November 17, 2025. If approved, PG&E would be able to 
continue to possess and store spent nuclear fuel at the Humboldt Bay 
ISFSI in accordance with the requirements in part 72 of title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), ``Licensing Requirements for the 
Independent Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel, High-Level Radioactive 
Waste, and Reactor-Related Greater than Class C Waste.''
    The NRC staff has prepared a final EA as part of its review of this 
license renewal request in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR 
part 51, ``Environmental Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing 
and Related Regulatory Functions.'' Based on the final EA, the NRC has 
determined that an environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required 
for this proposed action and a FONSI is appropriate. The NRC is also 
conducting a safety evaluation of the proposed license amendment 
pursuant to 10 CFR part 72, and the results will be documented in a 
separate Safety Evaluation Report (SER). If PG&E's request is approved, 
the NRC will issue the license renewal following publication of this 
final EA and FONSI and the SER in the Federal Register.

II. Final Environmental Assessment Summary

    PG&E is requesting to renew license SNM-2514 for the Humboldt Bay 
ISFSI for a 40-year period. The NRC has considered the proposed action 
and alternatives to the proposed action, including license renewal for 
an additional 20-year term, shipment of spent fuel to an offsite 
facility, and the no-action alternative of denying the license renewal 
request. The results of the NRC's environmental review can be found in 
the final EA (ADAMS Accession No. ML19252A248). The NRC staff performed 
its environmental review in accordance with the requirements in 10 CFR 
part 51. In

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conducting the environmental review, the NRC considered information in 
the license renewal application and from communications with the 
California State Historic Preservation Office; the State of California 
Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC); nine Native American 
Tribes; the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW); and the 
California State Department of Health Services.
    Approval of PG&E's proposed license renewal request would allow the 
five (5) HI-STAR 100 HB casks containing spent fuel and one storage 
cask containing greater than Class C (GTCC) activated metal waste to 
continue to remain on the Humboldt Bay ISFSI for an additional 40 
years. The estimated annual dose to the nearest resident from ISFSI 
activities is 0.0448 mSv/yr (4.48 mrem/yr), which is below the 0.25 
mSv/yr (25 mrem/yr) limit specified in 10 CFR 72.104(a). Furthermore, 
PG&E maintains a radiation protection program for the ISFSI in 
accordance with 10 CFR part 20 to ensure that radiation doses are as 
low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA). Accordingly, no significant 
radiological or non-radiological impacts are expected to result from 
approval of the license renewal request, and the proposed action would 
not significantly contribute to cumulative impacts at the Humboldt Bay 
site. Additionally, the proposed action would not cause a significant 
impact on any population, nor did the staff identify significant 
percentages of minority or low-income populations within a 6 km (4 mi) 
radius of the ISFSI. The Commission has stated that absent 
``significant impacts, an environmental justice review should not be 
considered for an EA where a FONSI is issued unless special 
circumstances warrant the review.''
    In its license renewal request, PG&E is proposing no changes in how 
it handles or stores spent fuel at the Humboldt Bay ISFSI. Approval of 
the proposed action would not result in any new construction or 
expansion of the existing ISFSI footprint beyond that previously 
approved. The ISFSI is a largely passive facility that produces no 
liquid or gaseous effluents. No significant radiological or 
nonradiological impacts are expected from continued normal operations. 
Occupational dose estimates associated with the proposed action and 
continued normal operation and maintenance of the ISFSI are expected to 
be at ALARA levels and within the limits of 10 CFR 20.1201. Therefore, 
the NRC staff has determined that pursuant to 10 CFR 51.31, preparation 
of an EIS is not required for the proposed action, and pursuant to 10 
CFR 51.32, a FONSI is appropriate.
    Furthermore, the NRC staff determined that, because approval of 
this license renewal request would maintain the status quo at the site, 
it does not have the potential to cause effects on historic properties; 
therefore, in accordance with 36 CFR 800.3(a)(1), no consultation is 
required under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act of 
1966. The NRC staff informed the California State Historic Preservation 
Officer (SHPO) of its determination via letter dated June 19, 2019 
(ADAMS Accession No. ML19169A154) and informed nine Native American 
Tribes via letters dated November 15, 2018 (ADAMS Package Accession No. 
ML18303A365). The California SHPO responded via letter dated July 11, 
2019, indicating that the SHPO does not object to a finding that no 
historic properties would be affected by this undertaking (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML19198A078). The NRC staff, with the assistance of the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Information for Planning and 
Consultation (IPaC) project planning tool, determined that the listed 
species and/or critical habitat would not be adversely affected by the 
proposed action.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    Based on its review of the proposed action in the EA, in accordance 
with the requirements in 10 CFR part 51, the NRC has concluded that the 
proposed action, renewal of NRC Special Nuclear Materials License No. 
SNM-2514 for the Humboldt Bay ISFSI located in Humboldt County, 
California, will not significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment. Therefore, the NRC has determined, pursuant to 10 CFR 
51.31, that preparation of an EIS is not required for the proposed 
action and a finding of no significant impact is appropriate.

    Dated: April 30, 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.
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