[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 249 (Wednesday, December 29, 2004)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-28455]
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
[Docket No. 70-7004]
Notice of Public Scoping Meeting Regarding the Proposed USEC
American Centrifuge Plant
AGENCY: United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).
ACTION: Meeting notice.
SUMMARY: USEC Incorporated (USEC) submitted a license application to
the NRC on August 23, 2004, proposing the construction, operation and
future decommissioning of the American Centrifuge Plant (ACP) gas
centrifuge uranium enrichment facility near Piketon, OH. The NRC
previously announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) on October 15, 2004, (69 FR 61268). This notice is to
notify the public and interested parties of a public meeting to discuss
to the NRC's environmental review of the proposed ACP.
DATES: The public scoping process required by the National
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) will continue until February 1, 2005.
Written comments submitted by mail should be postmarked by that date to
ensure full consideration. Comments mailed after that date will be
considered to the extent possible.
The NRC will conduct a public scoping meeting to assist in defining
the appropriate scope of the EIS, including the significant
environmental issues to be addressed. The meeting date, times and
location are listed below:
Meeting Date: January 18, 2005.
Meeting Location: Zahns Corner Middle School, 2379 Schuster Road,
Piketon, Ohio 45661.
Scoping Meeting: 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.
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 begins at 7 p.m. For planning purposes,
those who wish to present oral comments at the meeting are encouraged
to pre-register by contacting Ron Linton of the NRC by telephone at 1-
800-368-5642, Extension 7777, or by e-mail to [email protected] no later
than January 6, 2005. Interested persons may also register to speak at
ADDRESSES: Members of the public and interested parties 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. The NRC encourages comments to be submitted
electronically to [email protected]. Please refer to Docket No. 70-7004
when submitting comments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general or technical information
associated with the license review of the USEC application, please
contact: Yawar Faraz at (301) 415-8113. For general information on the
NRC NEPA process, or the environmental review process related to the
USEC application, please contact: Matthew Blevins at (301) 415-7684.
USEC submitted a license application for a gas centrifuge uranium
enrichment facility, known as the American Centrifuge Plant (ACP), to
the NRC on August 23, 2004. The NRC environmental review will evaluate
the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed ACP in
parallel with the NRC safety review of the license application. The
environmental review will be documented in draft and final
Environmental Impact Statements in accordance with NEPA and NRC NEPA
implementing regulations at 10 CFR Part 51.
2.0 USEC Enrichment Facility
If licensed, the proposed ACP would enrich uranium for use in
manufacturing commercial nuclear fuel for use in power reactors. Feed
material would be natural (not enriched) uranium in the form of uranium
hexafluoride (UF6). USEC proposes to use gas centrifuge
technology to enrich isotope uranium-235 in the uranium hexafluoride up
to 10 percent. The centrifuge would operate at below atomospheric
pressure. The enriched UF6 would be transported to a fuel
fabrication facility. The depleted UF6 would be stored on
site until a disposition strategy (either re-use or disposal) is
carried out by USEC.
Initially, the licensed capacity of the plant would be up to 3.5
million separative work units (SWU) [SWU relates to a measure of the
work used to enrich uranium]. USEC has requested that the NRC
environmental review examine the impacts of an enrichment
plant with a 7 million SWU capacity to bound potential future
expansions. Future expansion beyond 3.5 million SWU would still have to
be approved by the NRC via a separate license amendment.
3.0 Alternatives To Be Evaluated
No action--The no-action alternative would be to not build the
proposed ACP. Under this alternative the NRC would not approve the
license application. This serves as a baseline for comparison.
Proposed action--The proposed action is the construction and
operation of a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility located near
Piketon, OH. Implementation of the proposed action would require the
issuance of an NRC license under the provisions of 10 CFR Parts 30, 40
Other alternatives not listed here may be identified through the
4.0 Environmental Impact Areas To Be Analyzed
The following resource areas have been tentatively identified for
analysis in the EIS:
--Public and Occupational Health: potential public and occupational
consequences from construction, routine operation, transportation, and
credible accident scenarios (including natural events);
--Waste Management: types of wastes expected to be generated, handled,
--Land Use: plans, policies and controls;
--Transportation: transportation modes, routes, quantities, and risk
--Geology and Soils: physical geography, topography, geology and soil
--Water Resources: surface and groundwater hydrology, water use and
quality, and the potential for degradation;
--Ecology: wetlands, aquatic, terrestrial, economically and
recreationally important species, and threatened and endangered
--Air Quality: meteorological conditions, ambient background, pollutant
sources, and the potential for degradation;
--Noise: ambient, sources, and sensitive receptors;
--Historical and Cultural Resources: historical, archaeological, and
traditional cultural resources
--Visual and Scenic Resources: landscape characteristics, manmade
features and viewshed;
--Socioeconomics: demography, economic base, labor pool, housing,
transportation, utilities, public services/facilities, education,
recreation, and cultural resources;
--Environmental Justice: potential disproportionately high and adverse
impacts to minority and low-income populations; and
--Cumulative Effects: impacts from past, present and reasonably
foreseeable actions at and near the site.
The examples under each resource area are not intended to be all
inclusive, nor is this list an indication that environmental impacts
will occur. The list is presented to facilitate comments on the scope
of the EIS. Additions to, or deletions from, this list may occur as a
result of the public scoping process.
5.0 Scoping Meetings
This notice is to encourage public involvement in the EIS process
and to solicit public comments on the proposed scope and content of the
EIS. The NRC will hold a public scoping meeting in Piketon, OH on
January 18, 2005 to solicit both oral and written comments from
Scoping is an early and open process designed to determine the
range of actions, alternatives, and potential impacts to be considered
in the EIS, and to identify the significant issues related to the
proposed action. Scoping is intended to solicit input from the public
and other agencies so that the analysis can be more clearly focused on
issues of genuine concern. The principal goals of the scoping process
--Identify public concerns;
--Ensure that concerns are identified early and are properly studied;
--Identify alternatives that will be examined;
--Identify significant issues that need to be analyzed; and
--Eliminate unimportant issues.
The scoping meetings will begin with NRC staff providing a
description of NRC's role and mission followed by a brief overview of
NRC's environmental review process and goals of the scoping meeting.
The bulk of the meeting will be allotted for attendees to make oral
6.0 Scoping Comments
Written comments should be mailed to the address listed above in
the ADDRESSES section.
7.0 The NEPA Process
The EIS for the proposed ACP will be prepared according to NEPA and
NRC NEPA implementing regulations at 10 CFR Part 51.
After the scoping process is complete, the NRC will prepare a draft
EIS. The draft EIS is scheduled to be published in July 2005. A 45-day
comment period on the draft EIS is planned, and public meetings to
receive comments will be held approximately three weeks after
distribution of the draft EIS. Availability of the draft EIS, the dates
of the public comment period, and information about the public meetings
will be announced in the Federal Register, on NRC's USEC web page, and
in the local news media when the draft EIS is published. The final EIS
is expected to be published in March 2006 that will incorporate public
comments received on the draft EIS.
Dated at Rockville, MD, this 21st 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. 04-28455 Filed 12-28-04; 8:45 am]
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