The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance of a license amendment to Aventis Pasteur, Inc. for Materials License No. 37-17938-01, to authorize release of its facility in Swiftwater, Pennsylvania for unrestricted use and has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this action in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate.
II. EA Summary
The purpose of the proposed action is to allow for the release of the licensee's Swiftwater, Pennsylvania facility for unrestricted use. Aventis Pasteur, Inc. authorized by NRC since April 20, 1978, to use radioactive materials for research and development purposes at the site. On October 10, 2002, Aventis Pasteur, Inc. requested that NRC release the facility for unrestricted use. Aventis Pasteur, Inc. has conducted surveys of the facility and determined that the facility meets the license termination criteria in subpart E of 10 CFR part 20.
III. Finding of No Significant Impact
The NRC staff has evaluated Aventis Pasteur, Inc.'s request and the results of the surveys and has concluded that the completed action complies with the criteria in subpart E of 10 CFR part 20. The staff has prepared the EA (summarized above) in support of the proposed license amendment to terminate the license and release the facility for unrestricted use. On the basis of the EA, NRC has concluded that the environmental impacts from the proposed action are expected to be insignificant and has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action.
IV. Further Information
The EA and the documents related to this proposed action, including the application for the license amendment and supporting documentation, are available for inspection at NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML030160030, ML031150153, ML031110041, ML032090292, ML032110545, and ML032120700). Any questions with respect to this action should be referred to Judy Joustra, Nuclear Materials Safety Branch 2, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406, telephone (610) 337-5355, fax (610) 337-5269.Start Signature
Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, this 5th day of August, 2003.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John D. Kinneman,
Chief, Nuclear Materials Safety Branch 2, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I.
[FR Doc. 03-20586 Filed 8-12-03; 8:45 am]
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