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Correction to Notice of Availability of Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement for In-Situ Leach Uranium Milling Facilities

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission.


Correction to Notice of Availability.


On July 28, 2008, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) issued a notice for public comment of a Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft GEIS) that identifies and evaluates on a programmatic basis, the potential environmental impacts from the construction, operation, aquifer restoration, and decommissioning at in-situ leach (ISL) uranium milling facilities located in particular regions of the western United States (73 FR 43795).

In that notice, the NRC also provided information on eight public meetings to be hosted by the NRC that would allow the NRC staff to present an overview of the Draft GEIS and to accept oral and written public comments on the Draft GEIS from interested members of the public. Corrected dates and associated information is provided below for two of those meetings:

Meeting Date: September 23, 2008, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Best Western Tower West Lodge, 109 North U.S. Highway 14 & 16, Gillette, WY 82716, Phone (307) 686-2210.

Meeting Date: September 25, 2008, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Meeting Location: Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 800 N. Poplar Road, Casper, WY 82601, Phone (307) 266-6000.

For each meeting, members of the NRC staff will be available for informal discussions with members of the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The formal meeting and associated NRC presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Interested persons may register to speak at the meetings. Depending on the number of speakers for a meeting, each speaker may be limited in the amount of time allocated for their comments so that all speakers will have an opportunity to offer comments.


The public comment period on the Draft GEIS began on July 28, 2008, and continues until October 7, 2008. Written comments should be submitted as described in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. The NRC will consider comments received or postmarked after that date to the extent practical.


Members of the public are invited and encouraged to submit comments on the Draft GEIS to the Chief, Rulemaking, Directives, and Editing Branch, Mailstop: T6-D59, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. The NRC encourages comments submitted electronically to be sent to Please include “Uranium Recovery GEIS” in the subject line when submitting written comments.

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For general information on the NRC's NEPA process, or the environmental review process related to the Draft GEIS, please contact James Park, Project Manager, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection (DWMEP), Mail Stop T-8F5, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington DC 20555-001, by phone at 1 (800) 368-5642, extension 6935. For general or technical information associated with the safety and licensing of uranium milling facilities, please contact William Von Till, Branch Chief, Uranium Recovery Branch, DWMEP, Mail Stop T-8F5, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001, by phone at 1 (800) 368-5642, extension 0598.

The Draft GEIS may be accessed on the Internet at​reading-rm/​doc-collections/​nuregs/​staff/​ by selecting “NUREG-1910.” Additionally, the NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of the NRC's public documents. The Draft GEIS and its appendices may also be accessed through the NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at: Start Printed Page 54436​reading-rm/​adams.html. If you either do not have access to ADAMS or if there is a problem accessing documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1 (800) 397-4209, 1 (301) 415-4737 or by e-mail to

Information and documents associated with the Draft GEIS are also available for public review through the NRC Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at​reading-rm/​adams.html and at the NRC's Web site for the GEIS,​materials/​fuel-cycle-fac/​licensing/​geis.html. Both information and documents associated with the Draft GEIS also are available for inspection at the Commission's Public Document Room, U.S. NRC's Headquarters Building, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. For those without access to the Internet, paper copies of any electronic documents may be obtained for a fee by contacting the NRC's Public Document Room at 1-800-397-4209. The draft GEIS and related documents may also be found at the following public libraries:

Albuquerque Main Library, 501 Copper NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102, 505-768-5141,

Mother Whiteside Memorial Library, 525 West High Street, Grants, New Mexico 87020, 505-287-4793,

Octavia Fellin Public Library, 115 W Hill Avenue, Gallup, New Mexico 87301, 505-863-1291,

Natrona County Public Library, 307 East Second Street, Casper, Wyoming 82601, 307-332-5194,

Carbon County Public Library, 215 W Buffalo Street, Rawlins, Wyoming 82301, 307-328-2618,

Campbell County Public Library, 2101 South 4J Road, Gillette, Wyoming 82718, 307-687-0009,

Weston County Library, 23 West Main Street, Newcastle, Wyoming 82701, 307-746-2206,

Chadron Public Library, 507 Bordeaux Street, Chadron, Nebraska 69337, 308-432-0531,

Rapid City Public Library, 610 Quincy Street, Rapid City, South Dakota 57701, 605-394-4171.

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As stated previously, the NRC is accepting comments on the Draft GEIS. Following the end of the public comment period, the NRC staff will publish a Final GEIS that addresses, as appropriate, the public comments on the Draft GEIS. The NRC expects to publish the Final GEIS by June 2009.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 15th day of September 2008.

For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Patrice M. Bubar,

Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs.

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[FR Doc. E8-21908 Filed 9-18-08; 8:45 am]