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Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Termination for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company's Facility in Annandale, NJ

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Notice of Availability.

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Kathy Modes, Materials Security & Industrial Branch , Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 19406, telephone (610) 337-5251, fax (610) 337-5269; or by e-mail:

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I. Introduction

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is terminating Materials License No. 29-05260-13 issued to ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, and authorizing release of its facility in Annandale, New Jersey for unrestricted use. NRC 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. The license will be terminated following the publication of this Notice.

II. EA Summary

The purpose of the action is to authorize the release of the licensee's Annandale, New Jersey facility for unrestricted use. ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company (ExxonMobil) has been authorized by NRC since June 30, 1986, to use radioactive materials for research and development purposes at the Annandale, New Jersey site. On December 18, 2003, ExxonMobil requested that NRC release the facility for unrestricted use. ExxonMobil has conducted surveys of the facility and provided information to the NRC to demonstrate that the site meets the license termination criteria in Subpart E of 10 CFR Part 20 for unrestricted release.

NRC staff has prepared an EA in support of the license amendment. The facility was remediated and surveyed prior to the licensee requesting the license amendment. The NRC staff has reviewed the information and final status survey submitted by ExxonMobil. Based on the reviews, the staff has determined that there are no additional remediation activities necessary to complete the proposed action. Therefore, the staff considered the impact of the residual radioactivity at the facility and concluded that since the residual radioactivity meets the requirements in Subpart E of 10 CFR Part 20, a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

The staff has prepared the EA (summarized above) in support of the termination of the license and release of the facility for unrestricted use. The NRC staff has evaluated ExxonMobil'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 found that the environmental impacts from the action are bounded by the impacts evaluated by NUREG-1496, Volumes 1-3, “Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed Facilities” (ML042310492, ML042320379, and ML042330385). On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that the environmental impacts from the action are expected to be insignificant and has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the action.

IV. Further Information

Documents related to this action, including the application for the license amendment and supporting documentation, are available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at​reading-rm/​adams.html. From this site, you can access the NRC's Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC's public documents. The ADAMS accession numbers for the documents related to this Notice are: The Environmental Assessment (ML042930009), Letter dated December 17, 2003, requesting termination of the license (ML040130270), letter dated August 12, 2004, providing additional information (ML042380119), and letter dated August 31, 2004, providing additional information (ML042510189). Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at (800) 397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to

These documents may be viewed electronically at the NRC Public Document Room (PDR), O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD, 20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. The PDR is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays.

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Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania this 25th day of October, 2004.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

John D. Kinneman,

Chief, Materials Security & Industrial Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety Region I.

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[FR Doc. 04-24305 Filed 10-29-04; 8:45 am]