[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 1 (Monday, January 3, 2005)]
[Pages 125-126]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 04-28675]



[Docket No. 040-07982]

Notice of Issuance of License Amendment for Termination of 
License SUB-00971 for ATK Ordnance and Ground Systems, LLC Arden Hills, 

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


Physicist, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Material Safety, 
Region III, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2443 Warrenville Road, 
Lisle, Illinois 60532; Telephone: (630) 829-9856; fax number: (630) 
515-1259; e-mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a license 
amendment to terminate Source Material License No. SUB-00971 issued to 
ATK Ordnance and Ground Systems, LLC, (ATK) and to authorize for 
unrestricted use its former depleted uranium production facilities, 
located at the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, Arden Hills, 
Minnesota. On October 25, 2001, the NRC amended ATK's license to 
include an NRC-approved decommissioning plan supported by an 
Environmental Assessment and a Finding of No Significant Impact. These 
documents addressed the impacts of ATK's request to decommission its 
former depleted uranium facilities, including final status survey plans 
and the licensee's intent to terminate Source Material License No. SUB-
00971. The NRC published a Notice of the Agency's proposed action and 
opportunity to request a hearing in the Federal Register (63 FR 28015) 
on May 21, 1998.
    In a letter dated June 2, 2004, ATK requested termination of its 
NRC radioactive source material license. The NRC staff documented its 
review of ATK's final status surveys in a December 13, 2004, Safety 
Evaluation Report. Based on its review, the staff concluded that all 
licensable radioactive material had been removed from the ATK facility 
and residual radioactive material attributable to licensed activities 
did not exceed NRC unrestricted release criteria cited in its 
decommissioning plan.

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II. Safety Evaluation Report (SER) Summary

    The purpose of the amendment is to terminate ATK's source material 
license and authorize for unrestricted release the licensee's former 
depleted uranium production facilities located at the Twin Cities Army 
Ammunition Plant, Arden Hills, Minnesota. The licensee started 
production of uranium munitions in 1976, and ceased production 
activities during 1988. The licensee conducted surveys of its former 
facilities and site and provided on June 18, 2004, information to the 
NRC to demonstrate that the site meets the licensee's termination 
criteria specified in its NRC-approved decommissioning plan.
    The staff prepared the SER in support of the license amendment. 
Based on its review, the NRC staff has determined that the licensee's 
final status surveys are adequate to demonstrate compliance with 
radiological criteria for license termination, and that ATK has 
demonstrated that the former depleted uranium production site 
radiological conditions comply with the radiological criteria for 
license termination. The NRC staff has reviewed the proposed amendment 
and has determined that the proposed termination will have no adverse 
effect on the public health and safety or the environment.

III. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for 
amendment 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: the ATK letter dated June 2, 
2004 (Accession No. ML042870518); the licensee's letter dated June 18, 
2004, with Safety and Ecology Corporation ``Final Status Survey Report, 
Depleted Uranium Facilities, Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, New 
Brighton, Minnesota,'' Project 1350, Revision 2, June 2004 (Accession 
No. ML042950257) attached, and the SER summarized above (Accession No. 
ML043560261). 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 [email protected].
    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 [email protected].
    These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public 
computers located at the NRC's PDR, O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction 
contractor will copy documents for a fee.

    Dated at Lisle, Illinois, this 21st day of December 2004.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kenneth G. O'Brien,
Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, 
Region III.
[FR Doc. 04-28675 Filed 12-30-04; 8:45 am]