[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 154 (Thursday, August 10, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 45862-45864]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-13110]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 40-3392]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for Renewal of the Operating License for the 
Honeywell Metropolis Works Uranium Conversion Facility in Metropolis, 
IL

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael G. Raddatz, 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. Telephone: (301) 
415-6334; fax number: (301) 415-5955; e-mail: mgr@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposes to issue a 
license amendment to Source Materials License No. SUB-526, held by 
Honeywell International, Inc. (Honeywell), to approve the renewal of 
its operating license to operate a

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Uranium Conversion Facility at the Metropolis Works Uranium Conversion 
Facility (MTW) in Metropolis, Illinois. The 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

    By letter dated May 27, 2005, Honeywell submitted an application to 
renew the Source Materials License, SUB-526, for the MTW uranium 
hexafluoride (UF6) facility near Metropolis, Illinois, for a period of 
10 years. At the MTW facility, uranium conversion services have been 
performed for the commercial nuclear power industry since it was 
originally licensed by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in 1958. The 
current license was issued by NRC in June 1995 for a 10-year period. 
The original licensee, AlliedSignal, Inc., has merged with Honeywell, 
since the time of the last renewal, and the facility's license has been 
transferred to Honeywell.
    NRC staff has prepared this EA pursuant to Council on Environmental 
Quality regulations (40 CFR Parts 1500-1508), NRC regulations (10 CFR 
Part 51) which implement the requirements of the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969, and applicable guidance from NUREG-1748, 
Environmental Review Guidance for Licensing Actions Associated with 
Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards Programs. The purpose of this EA 
is to assess the environmental impacts (radiological and non-
radiological) of the proposed license renewal for this facility. The 
format and methodology employed for this EA are consistent with those 
for the EA that assessed the last license renewal for this facility in 
1995; this assessment reflects regulatory changes and operational and 
environmental experience obtained during the most recent 10 years of 
facility operation.
    The environmental impacts of the proposed action have been 
evaluated in accordance with the requirements presented in 10 CFR Part 
51. NRC staff has determined that the renewal of license SUB-526 
allowing continued Honeywell operations at the MTW facility will not 
have a significant impact on the human environment.

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 NRC 
staff has determined not to prepare an environmental impact statement.

IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for the 
renewal and supporting documentation, are available electronically at 
NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html html. From this site, you can access NRC's Agencywide Documents 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:

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                Document                         ADAMS  accession No.                        Date
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Final Environmental Assessment for        ML061780260                         June 30, 2006.
 Renewal of NRC License No. SUB-526 for
 the Honeywell Specialty Materials
 Metropolis Work Facility.
Notification for Exceeding Nearest        ML012000117                         July 13, 2001.
 Resident Concentration, License No.:
 SUB-526, Docket No.: 40-03392. Letter
 to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 Document Control Desk. Metropolis,
 Illinois: Honeywell Specialty Chemicals.
30-day written report to NRC per license  ML040260290                         January 20, 2004.
 requirement for exceeding effluent
 administration limit associated with
 the UF6 release on 12-22-03. Letter to
 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
 Document Control Desk.
Renewal of U.S. NRC Source Materials      ML052310382                         May 27, 2005.
 License. Letter (May 27) to Michael
 Raddatz, NRC, Office of Nuclear
 Material Safety and Safeguards.
Environmental Report, Renewal of Source   ML052310401                         May 25, 2005.
 Material License SUB-526, Docket 40-
 3392, for HONEYWELL SPECIALTY
 MATERIALS, Metropolis Works (MTW)
 Metropolis, Illinois.
Honeywell Metropolis Works Safety         ML052310387                         May 27, 2005.
 Demonstration Report for Source
 Material License SUB-526. Metropolis,
 Illinois: Honeywell Specialty Materials.
Response to requests for additional       ML060530490                         May 27, 2005.
 information for the Honeywell
 Metropolis Works license renewal
 application. Letter to Mr. Michael G.
 Raddatz, NRC, Office of Nuclear
 Material Safety and Safeguards.
Response to requests for additional       ML060530491                         Oct. 21, 2005.
 information for the Honeywell
 Metropolis Works license renewal
 application and environmental report.
 Letter to Mr. Michael G. Raddatz, NRC,
 Office of Nuclear Material Safety and
 Safeguards.
Provides additional information           ML060540413                         Jan. 15, 2006.
 requested during NRC site visit to the
 Honeywell Metropolis Works facility in
 support of the license renewal
 environmental review. Letter to Mr.
 Michael G. Raddatz, NRC, Office of
 Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
Provides additional information required  ML060970153                         Mar. 28, 2006.
 to complete review of radiological dose
 assessment. E-mail from J. Tortorelli
 to Michael Raddatz, NRC, Office of
 Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management       ML061780124                         June 13, 2006.
 Agency), 2006. Documents completion of
 review of the draft Honeywell
 Environmental Assessment. Letter to Ms.
 B. Jennifer Davis, NRC. Springfield,
 Illinois.
NUREG-1748, ``Environmental Review        ML031000403                         April 10, 2003.
 Guidance for Licensing Actions
 Associated With NMSS Programs--Final
 Report,'' Nuclear Regulatory
 Commission, Washington, DC.
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    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 pdr@nrc.gov.
    These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public 
computers located at the NRC's PDR, O1 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 4th day of August, 2006.


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    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Gary S. Janosko,
Chief Fuel Cycle Facilities Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and 
Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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