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Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for License Amendement for SWATCH Group (U.S.), Inc.’s Facility in Lancaster, PA

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Notice of availability.

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Marjorie McLaughlin, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, telephone (610) 337-5240, fax (610) 337-5269; or by email:

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I. Introduction

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a license amendment to Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. for Materials License No. 29-30923-01, to authorize release of its facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania 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 amendment will be issued following the publication of this Notice.

II. EA Summary

The purpose of the action is to authorize the release of the licensee's Lancaster, Pennsylvania, facility for unrestricted use. Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. was authorized by NRC from August, 1986, to use radioactive materials for manufacturing and distribution purposes at the site. On August 16, 2004, Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. requested that NRC release the facility for unrestricted use. Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. 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 use.

The 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 Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. Based on its review, 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 license amendment to release the facility for unrestricted use. The NRC staff has evaluated Swatch Group (U.S.), 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 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 (ML043410211), the letter dated August 16, 2004, requesting amendment of the license (ML042680179), the Final Status Survey, dated September 9, 2004 (ML042670407), additional information submitted October 19, 2004 containing survey maps (ML043010357), and a facsimile dated November 15, 2004 containing radwaste shipping papers (ML043340152). Please note that on October 25, 2004, the NRC terminated public access to ADAMS and initiated an additional security review of publicly available documents to ensure that potentially sensitive information is removed from the ADAMS database accessible through the NRC's web site. Interested members of the public may obtain copies of the referenced documents for review and/or copying by contacting the Public Document Room pending resumption of public access to ADAMS. The NRC Public documents Room is located at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD, and can be contacted at (800) 397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to 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 24th day of January, 2005.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

James Dwyer,

Chief, Commercial & R&D Branch,Division of Nuclear Materials Safety,Region I.

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[FR Doc. 05-1686 Filed 1-28-05; 8:45 am]