[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 129 (Thursday, July 7, 2005)]
[Pages 39347-39348]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-3560]



[Docket No. 40-6940]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Cabot Corporation, 
Boyertown, PA

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Raddatz, Sr., 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) 415-6334; fax number: (301) 415-5955; e-mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing an amendment to 
Materials License No. SMB-920 issued to Cabot Corporation (the 
licensee), to authorize the recycling of waste water filtercake to be 
used as feed material at a cement kiln. NRC has prepared 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 recycling 
of waste water filtercake so it may be used as feed material at a 
cement kiln. Specifically, the amendment will allow the licensee to 
transfer filtercake, containing very low levels of radioactive 
contamination, to a cement kiln so it may be utilized rather than 
disposed of in a landfill.
    Cabot Supermetals (CSM) submitted, by letter dated November 24, 
2004, a license amendment request for Source Materials License No. SMB-
920, to allow recycling of waste water filtercake produced at the 
Boyertown, Pennsylvania (PA) facility. The staff has prepared the EA in 
support of the proposed license amendment. Within the EA staff 
considered information related to the site (cultural resources, 
demographics and socio-economics, hydrology, geology, meteorology, 
ecology, air and water quality, and noise) most of which was detailed 
in the Environmental Assessment issued April 12, 2004, for the license 
renewal. The proposed action was found to result in doses for all 
scenarios of less than 0.01 milliSievert per year (mSv/yr) [1 millirem/
yr]. These doses are consistent with NRC's policy on recycling of 
material under 10 CFR 20.2002. The staff also reviewed the impacts from 
the transportation and handling of the filtercake and found that 
impacts were similar to, or below those already being measured when the 
filtercake is sent to a landfill.

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:

            Document               ADAMS accession no.         Date
Environmental Assessment for     ML041030379............      04/12/2004
 the Cabot Corporation License
 Renewal, SMB-920 (L52514).
Application to amend license     ML043350420............      11/18/2004
 SMB-920 to allow the recycling
 of filtercake to be used as
 cement kiln feed.
Request to amend license SMB-    ML043350417............      11/24/2004
 920 to allow the recycling of
 filtercake to be used as
 cement kiln feed.
Supplemental information to the  ML043350423............      11/24/2004
 request to amend license SMB-
 920 to allow the recycling of
 filtercake to be used as
 cement kiln feed.
Letter discussing the Agency's   ML043640417............      12/22/2004
 position on conservation of
 natural resources.

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12/22/04 Ltr. To Mr. O'Neill     ML043570238............      12/22/2004
 (Cabot Corp.) From E. Brumett.
Response to NRC Comments Dated   ML050330142............       1/28/2005
Draft Environmental Assessment   ML050910456............       3/31/2005
 for Recycling Amendment.
E-Mail from R. Schoenfelder.     ML051510248............       5/19/2005
 Re: Amendment to allow
 Recycling of Filtercake.
Final Environmental Assessment.  ML051640062............       6/10/2005

    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 in Rockville, MD this 20th day of June, 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Michael G. Raddatz, Sr.,
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. E5-3560 Filed 7-6-05; 8:45 am]