[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 209 (Monday, October 31, 2005)]
[Page 62351]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E5-5994]



[DOCKET NO. 030-34681]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Morphochem, Inc.'s 
Facility in Monmouth Junction, NJ

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Betsy Ullrich, Commercial and R&D 
Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale 
Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, telephone (610) 337-5040, 
fax (610) 337-5269; or by e-mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance 
of a license amendment to Morphochem, Inc. for Materials License No. 
29-30442-01, to authorize release of its facility in Monmouth Junction, 
New Jersey 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.

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the action is to authorize the release of the 
licensee's Monmouth Junction, New Jersey facility for unrestricted use. 
Morphochem, Inc. was authorized by NRC from 1998 to use radioactive 
materials for research and development purposes at the site. On August 
8, 2005, Morphochem, Inc. requested that NRC release the facility for 
unrestricted use. Morphochem, 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 use.
    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 Morphochem, 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 terminate the license and release the facility for 
unrestricted use. The NRC staff has evaluated Morphochem, 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 radiological 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]. 
Additionally, no non-radiological or cumulative impacts were 
identified. On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that there 
are no significant environmental impacts from the proposed action and 
has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the 

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: 
``Environmental Assessment Related to an Amendment of U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission Materials License No. 29-30442-01, Issued to 
Morphochem, Inc.'' [ML052940097]; and ``Termination of NRC License 
Number 29-30442-01'' dated August 8, 2005 [ML052270172]. 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 (800) 397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to 
[email protected].
    Documents related to operations conducted under this license not 
specifically referenced in this Notice may not be electronically 
available and/or may not be publicly available. Persons who have an 
interest in reviewing these documents should submit a request to NRC 
under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Instructions for 
submitting a FOIA request can be found on the NRC's Web site at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/foia/foia-privacy.html.

    Dated at King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, this 21st day of 
October, 2005.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James P. Dwyer,
Chief, Commercial and R&D Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, 
Region I.
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