[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 244 (Tuesday, December 21, 2004)]
[Page 76485]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-27847]



Extension of Public Comment Period: Louisiana Energy Services 
National Enrichment Facility

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

ACTION: Extension of public comment period.


SUMMARY: The NRC is extending further the public comment period for the 
Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Proposed National 
Enrichment Facility (NEF) in Lea County, New Mexico (NUREG-1790). The 
notice of availability of the DEIS appeared in the Federal Register on 
September 17, 2004 (69 FR 56104), with the public comment period to end 
on November 6, 2004. On November 9, 2004, the NRC extended the public 
comment period until December 18, 2004 (69 FR 64983).
    On October 25, 2004, the NRC suspended public access to its 
Agencywide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) database 
accessible through the NRC's Web site and initiated an additional 
security review of publicly-available documents to ensure that 
potentially sensitive information is removed. This security review is 
ongoing and the exact date of its completion is not certain.
    However, from October 25, 2004, until December 6, 2004, members of 
the public continued to have access to the DEIS through NRC's project-
specific Web site (http://www.nrc.gov/materials/fuel-cycle-fac/lesfacility.html). Members of the public also had access to the 
Environmental Report (ER) submitted by Louisiana Energy Services (LES) 
for the NEF through the same Web site until November 28, 2004. The 
links to the DEIS and the ER were suspended on December 7, 2004, and on 
November 29, 2004, respectively, while the NRC staff conducted its 
security review of these documents.
    By this notice, the public comment period on the DEIS is being 
extended further until January 7, 2005. This extension of the public 
comment period will allow members of the public an additional 
opportunity to obtain relevant documents in order to comment on the 
DEIS. The NRC staff will make available on its project-specific Web 
site redacted copies of the DEIS, the ER, and LES's responses to NRC 
staff requests for additional information related to the ER. Redacted 
versions of these documents are expected to be accessible beginning on 
December 23, 2004. Interested members of the public may obtain copies 
of additional publicly-available documents for review and/or copying by 
contacting the NRC Public Document Room. The NRC Public Document Room 
is located at NRC Headquarters in Rockville, MD, and can be contacted 
at 800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737 or [email protected].
    Members of the public are invited and encouraged to submit comments 
to the Chief, Rules Review and Directives Branch, Mail Stop T6-D59, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001. Please 
note Docket No. 70-3103 when submitting comments. Written comments 
submitted by mail should be postmarked by January 7, 2005, to ensure 
consideration. Comments mailed after that date will be considered to 
the extent practical. Comments will also be accepted by e-mail to 
[email protected], or by facsimile to 301-415-5397, Attention: Anna 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general or technical information 
associated with the license review of the National Enrichment Facility, 
please contact Timothy Johnson at (301) 415-7299. For general 
information on the NRC environmental review process, please contact 
either Anna Bradford at (301) 415-5228 or James Park at (301) 415-5835.

    Dated at Rockville, MD, this 15th day of December 2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
B. Jennifer Davis,
Chief, Environmental and Low-Level Waste Section, Division of Waste 
Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 04-27847 Filed 12-20-04; 8:45 am]