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Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact for the License Amendment for the Fort St. Vrain Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation

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AGENCY:

Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jean Trefethen, Project Manager, Environmental Review Branch A, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: 301-415-5137; Fax: 301-415-5369; e-mail: Jean.Trefethen@nrc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering an application dated November 10, 2009, from the U.S. Department of Energy Start Printed Page 30398(DOE) for the renewal of the Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) License SNM-2504 for the Fort St. Vrain (FSV) Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) located in Platteville, Colorado. If granted, the renewed license will authorize DOE to continue to possess and store spent fuel and associated radioactive wastes at the FSV ISFSI. License SNM-2504 expires on November 30, 2011. This renewal, if granted, will extend the term of license SNM-2504 to November 30, 2031.

The NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) as part of its review of this proposed license renewal in accordance with the requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The NRC is also conducting a safety evaluation of this action, pursuant to 10 CFR part 72. The results of the safety evaluation will be documented in a separate Safety Evaluation Report. If DOE's request is approved, the NRC will issue a renewed license following the publication of this EA and FONSI.

II. EA Summary

The proposed licensing action is to renew license SNM-2504 for an additional 20 years to authorize the continued operation of the FSV ISFSI in Platteville, Colorado. If approved, DOE will be allowed to possess and store spent fuel and associated radioactive wastes at the FSV ISFSI until November 30, 2031.

The FSV ISFSI uses a Modular Vault Dry Storage (MVDS), which is a contained shield system designed for 40 years of interim storage of the FSV High Temperature Gas Cooled Reactor (HTGR) fuel. The FSV reactor was built and operated during the 1970s and 1980s. It was permanently shut down in 1989 and decommissioned. Some of the spent fuel is in dry storage at DOE's Idaho National Engineering Laboratory (INEL) facility. Facilities were not made available at INEL to store all the spent fuel and associated radioactive waste from the FSV reactor. Renewal of materials license SNM-2504 is needed for further safe storage of spent fuel at the FSV ISFSI.

The NRC has prepared an EA as part of its review of the proposed license renewal. The NRC staff considered the following environmental resource areas in its evaluation: Air quality; noise; land use; water use and quality; socioeconomics; historic, archaeological, and cultural resources; threatened and endangered species; scenic and visual; waste management; transportation; and public and occupational health and safety.

The environmental impacts of these resource areas were determined to be the small. The proposed license renewal request does not require altering the site footprint nor does it change the operating processes of the existing facility. The proposed action will not adversely affect Federal- or state-listed threatened or endangered species. Public and occupational radiological dose exposures have been and are expected to be below 10 CFR part 20 regulatory limits. Cumulative impacts over the 20-year renewal period were also evaluated and determined to be small. Therefore, the NRC staff concludes that the proposed action will not result in a significant effect on the quality of the human environment.

NRC staff consulted with other agencies regarding the proposed action, including regional Native American Tribes, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Colorado Historical Society, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The consultations ensured that the requirements of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act were met and provided the designated State liaison agency the opportunity to comment on the proposed action.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

On the basis of the EA, the NRC staff concludes that renewal of license SNM-2504 for the FSV ISFSI will not significantly affect the quality of the human environment. Therefore, pursuant to 10 CFR 51.31 and 51.32, an environmental impact statement is not warranted for the proposed action, and a FONSI is appropriate.

IV. Further Information

Documents related to this action, including the application for renewal of SNM-2504 and supporting documentation, are available electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/​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:

DocumentADAMS accession No.
DOE License Renewal ApplicationML093230788
NRC letter to DOE—Request for Additional Information (RAI)ML103260338
DOE letter to NRC—Response to RAIML110380111
Annual Radiological Environmental Monitoring Reports (2007, 2008, 2009)ML070650337 (2007), ML080590359 (2008), ML090560534 (2009)
NRC letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceML102880322
Letters from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to DOE and NRCML110380119(DOE), ML103340416(NRC)
NRC letter to Colorado Historical SocietyML102880361
Letters from Colorado Historical Society to DOE and NRCML110380132(DOE), ML110590901(NRC)
NRC letters to Colorado Department of Public Health and EnvironmentML102880196, ML110420186
Letters from Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to NRCML103260293, ML111110258
Letter to Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer from NRC.
Letter from Colorado State Historic Preservation Officer to DOE and NRCML110380132(DOE), ML110590901(NRC)
NRC Tribal Consultation Letters To:
Northern CheyenneML103140530
Southern UTE IndianML103140298
Three Affiliated TribesML103140358
Standing Rock SiouxML103140316
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Northern ArapahoML103140496
Rosebud SiouxML103140281
San Ildefonso PuebloML103140114
Santa Clara PuebloML103140261
Apache Tribe of OklahomaML103140072
Crow Creek SiouxML103140181
Crow NationML103140202
Kiowa Tribe of OklahomaML103140282
Pawnee Nation of OklahomaML103140470
ShoshoneML103140227
Fort Sill ApacheML103140247
Jicarilla Apache Tribal CouncilML103140269
Ute Mountain UteML103140378
Pueblo of Santa AnaML103140174
Comanche Tribal Business CommitteeML103140149
Zuni PuebloML103140574
Pueblo de CochitiML103140531
Ohkay OwingehML103140570
Oglala SiouxML103140548
Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes of OklahomaML103130533
Mescalero ApacheML103140458
Letter from Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma to NRCML110550709
1972 AEC Environmental Statement Related to Operation of the FSV NGSML110590923
1991 NRC Final Environmental Assessment Related to Construction of FSV ISFSIML062710252
2011 NRC Final Environmental Assessment for the License Renewal for FSV ISFSIML111110339

If you do not have access to ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to pdr.resource@nrc.gov.

These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public computers located at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), O1 F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee.

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Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 16th day of May, 2011.

For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Andrew Persinko,

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. 2011-12960 Filed 5-24-11; 8:45 am]

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