[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 19 (Monday, January 31, 2005)]
[Page 4890]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-1686]



[Docket No. 030-36602]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendement for SWATCH Group(U.S.), 
Inc.'s Facility in Lancaster, PA

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marjorie McLaughlin, Decommissioning 
Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale 
Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, telephone (610) 337-5240, 
fax (610) 337-5269; or by email: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing a license 
amendment to Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. for Materials License No. 29-
30923-01, to authorize release of its facility in Lancaster, 
Pennsylvania for unrestricted use. NRC has prepared an Environmental 
Assessment (EA) in support of this action in accordance with the 
requirements of 10 CFR Part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded 
that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The 
amendment will be issued following the publication of this Notice.

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the action is to authorize the release of the 
licensee's Lancaster, Pennsylvania, facility for unrestricted use. 
Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. was authorized by NRC from August, 1986, to 
use radioactive materials for manufacturing and distribution purposes 
at the site. On August 16, 2004, Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc. requested 
that NRC release the facility for unrestricted use. Swatch Group 
(U.S.), Inc. has conducted surveys of the facility and provided 
information to the NRC to demonstrate that the site meets the license 
termination criteria in Subpart E of 10 CFR Part 20 for unrestricted 
    The NRC staff has prepared an EA in support of the license 
amendment. The facility was remediated and surveyed prior to the 
licensee requesting the license amendment. The NRC staff has reviewed 
the information and final status survey submitted by Swatch Group 
(U.S.), Inc. Based on its review, the staff has determined that there 
are no additional remediation activities necessary to complete the 
proposed action. Therefore, the staff considered the impact of the 
residual radioactivity at the facility and concluded that since the 
residual radioactivity meets the requirements in Subpart E of 10 CFR 
Part 20, a Finding of No Significant Impact is appropriate.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The staff has prepared the EA (summarized above) in support of the 
license amendment to release the facility for unrestricted use. The NRC 
staff has evaluated Swatch Group (U.S.), Inc.''s request and the 
results of the surveys and has concluded that the completed action 
complies with the criteria in Subpart E of 10 CFR Part 20. The staff 
has found that the environmental impacts from the action are bounded by 
the impacts evaluated by NUREG-1496, Volumes 1-3, ``Generic 
Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological 
Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed Facilities' 
(ML042310492, ML042320379, and ML042330385). On the basis of the EA, 
the NRC has concluded that the environmental impacts from the action 
are expected to be insignificant and has determined not to prepare an 
environmental impact statement for the action.

IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for the 
license 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 
Environmental Assessment (ML043410211), the letter dated August 16, 
2004, requesting amendment of the license (ML042680179), the Final 
Status Survey, dated September 9, 2004 (ML042670407), additional 
information submitted October 19, 2004 containing survey maps 
(ML043010357), and a facsimile dated November 15, 2004 containing 
radwaste shipping papers (ML043340152). 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 by e-mail to [email protected]. The PDR 
reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. The PDR is open 
from 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal 

    Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania this 24th day of January, 

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James Dwyer,
Chief, Commercial & R&D Branch,Division of Nuclear Materials 
Safety,Region I.
[FR Doc. 05-1686 Filed 1-28-05; 8:45 am]