[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 53 (Monday, March 21, 2005)]
[Page 13545]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-5474]



[Docket No. 050-155]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact Approval of the License Termination Plan for the 
Big Rock Point Reactor Facility, Charlevoix, MI

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James C. Shepherd, Project Engineer, 
Decommissioning Directorate, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and 
Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Rockville, Maryland 
20852. Telephone: (301) 415-6712; fax number: (301) 415-5398; e-mail: 
[email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuing 
an amendment to Facility Operating License No. DPR-6, issued to the 
Consumers Energy (CE) Company (licensee), that would authorize CE to 
implement the License Termination Plan (LTP) submitted for the Big Rock 
Point Power Station (BRP). The NRC prepared this environmental 
assessment (EA) to determine the environmental effects from LTP 
approval and subsequent release of the site for unrestricted use, as 
described in the final rule ``Radiological Criteria for License 
Termination'' (62 FR 39058). The NRC is issuing this environmental 
assessment and finding of no significant impact pursuant to 10 CFR 

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the proposed action is to authorize the licensee to 
complete decommissioning of the Big Rock Point site to unrestricted 
release criteria as defined in 10 CFR 20.1402, i.e. that the calculated 
dose to a member of the public from residual radiation at the site will 
be less than 25 mrem per year. All systems and equipment used during 
reactor operation will be removed from the site and disposed in 
accordance with regulations, except for the cooling water intake that 
will remain submerged in Lake Michigan, and the facility septic drain 
field located about 100 meters (300 feet) west of the former reactor 
facility. The licensee has moved all reactor fuel to an independent 
spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) located about one kilometer 
(one half mile) south of the former reactor area. The ISFSI and its 
support facilities will be maintained until the fuel is transferred to 
Department of Energy, expected to occur about 2012.
    The staff has prepared the EA in support of the proposed license 
amendment. The NRC has examined the licensee's proposed amendment 
request and concluded that there are no significant radiological 
environmental impacts associated with this action, and it will not 
result in significant nonradiological environmental impacts.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the EA, NRC has concluded that there are no 
significant environmental impacts from the proposed amendment and has 
determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement.

IV. 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: (1) The licensee's License 
Termination Plan, Rev. 0, dated April 1, 2004, ML031050635, (2) the 
licensee's License Termination Plan, Rev. 1, dated July 1, 2004, 
ML042640320, and (3) the EA, ML042890054. If you do not have access to 
ADAMS or if there are problems in accessing the documents located in 
ADAMS, contact the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 
1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or by e-mail to [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 Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of March 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Daniel M. Gillen,
Deputy Director, Decommissioning Directorate, Division of Waste 
Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Nuclear Material 
Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 05-5474 Filed 3-18-05; 8:45 am]