[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 98 (Monday, May 23, 2005)]
[Pages 29543-29544]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-2581]



[Docket No. 40-8584]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Kennecott Uranium 
Company, Rawlins, WY

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen J. Cohen, Project Manager, 
Fuel Cycle Facilities Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and 
Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC, 20555-0001. Telephone: 
(301) 415-7182; fax number: (301) 415-5955; e-mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an amendment to 
Materials License No. SUA-1350 issued to Kennecott Uranium Company (the 
licensee), to authorize the reclamation of contaminated soil and ground 
water at its Sweetwater Uranium Project near Rawlins, Wyoming. NRC has 

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an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of this amendment 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 proposed amendment is to authorize the 
remediation of soil and ground water contaminated with diesel range 
organics (DRO), radium-226, and minute amounts of volatile organic 
compounds at the licensee's Sweetwater Uranium Project. Specifically, 
the amendment will allow the licensee to excavate contaminated soils 
and extract contaminated ground water from the catchment basin area and 
dispose of these contaminated materials (11e.(2) byproduct material) 
within the existing tailings impoundment.
    On May 12, 2004, Kennecott Uranium Company requested that NRC 
approve the proposed amendment. The staff has prepared the EA in 
support of the proposed license amendment. Staff considered impacts to 
land use, geology and soils, water resources, ecology, meteorology, 
climatology, air quality, socioeconomics, historical and cultural 
resources, public and occupational health, and transportation. The 
staff found that the impacts of the proposed action were not 
significant because these actions would remove contamination sources 
and residual contamination, and they will occur within a small portion 
of the NRC-licensed area that was previously used as part of the 
milling process. Consequently, these actions will prevent the spread of 
contamination to environmental resources without causing significant 
impacts to historical and cultural resources, local economy and social 
resources, and transportation networks.

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 as follows:

                                            ADAMS accession
                 Document                         No.            Date
Sweetwater Uranium Project, Request for         ML041450434     05/12/04
 Amendment to License Conditions 11.3 and
Sweetwater Uranium Project, Request for         ML041480493     05/12/04
 Amendment to License Condition 9.10......
Sweetwater Uranium Project, Revised Site        ML041530053     05/25/04
 Contour Map, Contours for Contaminated
 Soil, Excavated Areas....................
E-mail Acknowledgment of May 12, 2004,          ML041800207     06/24/04
 Amendment Request........................
Fax Report on the Threatened and                ML050450091      9/21/04
 Endangered Species of Sweetwater County..
Request for Additional Information              ML043070658     10/28/04
 Concerning Source Materials License SUA-
Sweetwater Uranium Project, Response to         ML043520255     12/15/04
 October 28, 2004, Request for Additional
E-mail Acknowledgment of Response to            ML050100257     01/04/05
 Request for Additional Information.......
Sweetwater Uranium Project Response to          ML050350266      1/18/05
 Comments Regarding Natural Uranium and
 Thorium-230 Remediation in Subsurface
Draft Environmental Assessment for              ML050610246      2/28/05
 Amendment to Source Materials License SUA-
 1350 for the Catchment Basin Reclamation.
Wyoming DEQ's Review of the Draft               ML050980238     04/04/05
 Environmental Assessment, Catchment Basin
 Remediation Amendment Request............
Fish and Wildlife Service's Comments on         ML051170286     04/14/05
 Draft Environmental Assessment for
 Kennecott Sweetwater Proposed Amendment..
Environmental Assessment for Amendment of       ML051220285      5/20/05
 Source Materials License SUA-1350 for the
 Catchment Basin Reclamation..............

    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, MD, this 6th day of May, 2005.

    For The Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Stephen J. Cohen,
Project Manager, Uranium Processing Section, Fuel Cycle Facilities 
Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. E5-2581 Filed 5-20-05; 8:45 am]