[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 183 (Thursday, September 22, 2005)]
[Pages 55634-55635]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-18919]



[Docket No. 72-17]

Portland General Electric Independent Spent Fuel Storage 
Installation Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact Regarding a Proposed Exemption

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Regan, Senior Project 
Manager, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear Material Safety 
and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555. Telephone: (301) 415-1179; Fax number: (301) 415-8555; E-mail: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) 
is considering issuance of an exemption, pursuant to 10 CFR 72.7, from 
the provisions of 10 CFR 72.44(d)(3), to the Portland General Electric 
Company (PGE, or the licensee). The requested exemption (in conjunction 
with a conforming license amendment) would relieve PGE from the 
requirement to submit an annual radioactive effluent report for the 
Trojan Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI). PGE 
submitted the exemption request by letter dated July 6, 2005, in which 
it also requested an amendment to the Trojan ISFSI license. 
Specifically, the amendment requested the deletion of item c. and last 
sentence of item b., Section 5.5.2 of Technical Specification; 
``Radioactive Effluent Control Program'' (Appendix A to License No. 
SNM-2509). The licensee is currently storing spent nuclear fuel at the 
Trojan ISFSI on the site of the decommissioned Trojan Nuclear Power 
Plant in Rainier, Oregon.

Environmental Assessment (EA)

I. Identification of Proposed Action

    Portland General Electric (PGE) has requested an exemption and a 
conforming license amendment to obtain relief from the requirement to 
submit an annual radioactive effluent release report for the Trojan 
ISFSI in accordance with 10 CFR 72.44(d). The regulation requires a 
licensee to include Technical Specifications (TS) regarding radioactive 
effluents. Specifically, 10 CFR 72.44(d)(3) requires that an annual 
report be submitted to the NRC specifying the quantity of each of the 
principal radionuclides released to the environment in liquid and in 
gaseous effluents during the previous 12 months of ISFSI operation. The 
proposed action before the NRC is whether to grant the exemption.
    In addition to the exemption, PGE has requested a conforming 
license amendment which will make two deletions from the Trojan ISFSI 
TS, Appendix A to the Special Nuclear Material License No. 2509 (SNM-
2509). Section 5.5.2, Radioactive Effluent Control Program, item c., 
requires an annual report to be submitted pursuant to 10 CFR 
72.44(d)(3). Section 5.5.2, item b., in the last sentence, of the 
Appendix A to the License No. SNM-2509 states: ``The Trojan ISFSI may 
be included in the environmental monitoring program for the Trojan 
Nuclear Plant.'' The amendment would delete these two TS.
    The license amendment request is categorically excluded from the 
need for environmental review under 10 CFR 51.22(c)(10)(ii) and 10 CFR 

II. Need for the Proposed Action

    The requirements of 10 CFR 72.44(d)(3) impose certain regulatory 
obligations, with associated costs, on the licensee. Granting the 
requested exemption will relieve the licensee from the requirement to 
submit an annual radioactive effluent release report pursuant to 10 CFR 
72.44(d)(3). The requirement to submit an annual radioactive effluent 
monitoring report is not needed for this facility in its current 
configuration and is an unnecessary administrative burden. Thus, the 
licensee will not have to incur the costs associated with preparing and 
submitting an annual radioactive effluent release report.

III. Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    In its Safety Evaluation Report related to the ISFSI license 
(Safety Evaluation

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Report Amendment No. 2 to the SNM-2509 License, October 23, 2002), the 
staff found that there are no credible scenarios by which liquid or 
gaseous effluents could be released from the dry shielded canister. The 
licensee further stated that any concerns over small quantities of 
gaseous or liquid effluent that may be produced during cask loading and 
transfer decontamination activities are no longer relevant, since all 
the spent fuel has been transferred to the ISFSI, and that the Holtec 
International (Holtec) Multi-Purpose Canister (MPC) used at the Trojan 
ISFSI is a passive system which, by design, produces no gaseous or 
liquid effluent.
    The staff has determined that the proposed action would not 
endanger life or property. Further, the staff concludes that there is 
reasonable assurance that the proposed exemption will have no impact on 
off-site doses.
    The proposed action would not increase the probability or 
consequences of accidents, no changes would be made to the passive 
system design resulting in the generation of effluents during fuel 
storage, and there would be no increase in occupational or public 
radiation exposure. Therefore, there are no significant radiological 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action. 
Additionally, the proposed action would have no significant non-
radiological impacts.

IV. Alternative to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the staff considered 
denial of the exemption (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). Approval 
or denial of the exemption would result in no change in the 
environmental impacts. Therefore, the environmental impacts of the 
proposed action and the alternative action are similar.

V. Agencies and Persons Consulted

    The NRC staff prepared this environmental assessment (EA); no other 
sources were used. On August 29, 2005, the staff discussed the EA by 
phone call with Mr. Adam Bless of the State of Oregon Department of 
Energy. The State of Oregon stated to the NRC that they had no comments 
related to the EA or the Finding of no Significant Impact. The NRC 
staff has determined that consultation under Section 7 of the 
Endangered Species Act is not required for this specific exemption, 
which will not affect listed species or critical habitat. The NRC staff 
has also determined that the proposed action is not a type of activity 
having the potential to cause effects on historic properties. 
Therefore, no consultation is required under Section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act.

VI. Conclusions

    The staff has reviewed the exemption request submitted by PGE and 
has determined that relieving the licensee from the requirement to 
submit an annual radioactive effluent release report pursuant to 10 CFR 
72.44(d)(3) would have no significant impact on the environment.

Finding of No Significant Impact

    The environmental impacts of the proposed action have been reviewed 
in accordance with the requirements set forth in 10 CFR part 51. Based 
upon the foregoing EA, the NRC finds that the proposed action of 
granting the exemption will not significantly impact the quality of the 
human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined that an 
environmental impact statement for the proposed exemption is not 

Further Information

    In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of NRC's ``Rules of Practice,'' 
final NRC records and documents regarding this proposed action, 
including the exemption request dated July 6, 2005, are publically 
available in the records component of NRC's Agencywide Documents Access 
and Management System (ADAMS). These documents may be inspected at 
NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. These documents may also be viewed electronically on the 
public computers located at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), 
O1F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 
20852. The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee. 
Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or who encounter problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR 
Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by 
e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 12th day of September 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Robert J. Lewis,
Chief, Licensing Section, Spent Fuel Project Office, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 05-18919 Filed 9-21-05; 8:45 am]