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Reimbursement for Costs of Remedial Action at Active Uranium and Thorium Processing Sites

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Office of Environmental Management, Department of Energy.


Notice of the acceptance of claims and the availability of funds for reimbursement in fiscal year (FY) 2003.


This Notice announces the Department of Energy (DOE) acceptance of claims in FY 2003 for reimbursement under Title X of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. The President's FY 2003 budget request includes $1 million for reimbursement of certain costs of remedial action at eligible active uranium and thorium processing sites pursuant to Title X of the Energy Policy Act of 1992. DOE anticipates on making prorated payments on approved claims received in FY 2002 and prior years' unpaid approved claim amounts by April 30, 2003, subject to the availability of FY 2003 appropriations.


The closing date for the submission of claims in FY 2003 is May 1, 2003. These claims will be processed for payment by April 30, 2004, based on the availability of funds from congressional appropriations.


Claims should be forwarded by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested, to the U.S. Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office, Environmental Start Printed Page 76170Restoration Division, P.O. Box 5400, Albuquerque, NM 87185-5400, or by express mail to the U.S. Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office, Environmental Restoration Division, H and Pennsylvania Streets, Albuquerque, NM 87116. All claims should be addressed to the attention of Mr. Gilbert Maldonado. Two copies of the claim should be included with each submission.

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Gilbert Maldonado at (505) 845-4035 of the U.S. Department of Energy, Albuquerque Operations Office, Environmental Restoration Division.

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DOE published a final rule under 10 CFR part 765 in the Federal Register on May 23, 1994, (59 FR 26714) to carry out the requirements of Title X of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (sections 1001-1004 of Pub. L. 102-486, 42 U.S.C. 2296a et seq.) and to establish the procedures for eligible licensees to submit claims for reimbursement. Title X requires DOE to reimburse eligible uranium and thorium licensees for certain costs of decontamination, decommissioning, reclamation, and other remedial action incurred by licensees at active uranium and thorium processing sites to remediate byproduct material generated as an incident of sales to the United States Government. To be reimbursable, costs of remedial action must be for work which is necessary to comply with applicable requirements of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (42 U.S.C. 7901 et seq.) or, where appropriate, with requirements established by a State pursuant to a discontinuance agreement under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2021). Claims for reimbursement must be supported by reasonable documentation as determined by DOE in accordance with 10 CFR part 765. Funds for reimbursement will be provided from the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and Decommissioning Fund established at the United States Department of the Treasury pursuant to section 1801 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2297g). Payment or obligation of funds shall be subject to the requirements of the Anti-Deficiency Act (31 U.S.C. 1341).

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Authority: Section 1001-1004 of Public Law 102-486, 106 Stat. 2776 (42 U.S.C. 2296a et seq.).

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Issued in Washington, DC, on this 3rd day of December 2002.

David E. Mathes,

Team Leader, Albuquerque/Nevada Team, Small Sites Closure Office, Office of Site Closure.

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[FR Doc. 02-31201 Filed 12-10-02; 8:45 am]