[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 103 (Wednesday, May 28, 2008)]
[Pages 30646-30647]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-11869]



[Docket No.: 40-8027]

Notice of Availability of the Environmental Impact Statement for 
the Reclamation of Sequoyah Fuels Corporation Site in Gore, Oklahoma, 

AGENCY: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allen Fetter, Project Manager, Office 
of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: 
(301) 415-8556; e-mail: [email protected].
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory 
Commission (NRC) is issuing a Final Environmental Impact Statement 
(EIS) for the Sequoyah Fuels Corporation (SFC) license amendment 
application, dated January 28, 2003, and subsequently revised by 
letters dated February 27, 2004, and July 30, 2004, for the surface 
reclamation of SFC's former uranium conversion site near Gore, 
Oklahoma. The Final EIS also addresses the SFC license amendment 
application dated June 12, 2003, for groundwater corrective actions at 
the SFC site.
    The Final EIS discusses the purpose and need for SFC's proposed 
surface reclamation activities and groundwater corrective actions and 
reasonable alternatives to the proposed action, including the no-action 
alternative. The Final EIS also discusses the environment potentially 
affected by the SFC proposal, presents and compares the potential 
environmental impacts resulting from the proposed action and its 
alternatives, and identifies mitigation measures that could eliminate 
or lessen the potential environmental impacts.
    Based on the final evaluation in the Final EIS, the NRC 
environmental review staff has concluded that the proposed action would 
have small effects on the physical environment and human communities 
with the exception of land use, for which the impact would be moderate. 
This Final EIS reflects the final analysis of environmental impacts of 
the proposed actions and its alternatives, including the consideration 
of public comments received by the NRC.

ADDRESSES: The NRC maintains an Agencywide Documents Access and 
Management System (ADAMS), which provides text and image files of NRC's 
public documents. The Final EIS and its appendices may be accessed 
through the NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at 
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html, using the Agencywide 
Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS) accession number 
ML081300103 for the Final EIS. If you do not have access to ADAMS or if 
there are problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact 
the NRC Public Document Room Reference staff at 1 (800) 397-4209, (301) 
415-4737 or by e-mail to [email protected].
    The Final EIS is also available for inspection at the Commission's 
Public Document Room, U.S. NRC's Headquarters Building, 11555 Rockville 
Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Upon written request and to 
the extent supplies are available, a single copy of the Final EIS can 
be obtained for a fee by writing to the Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Reproduction and Distribution Services Section, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; by electronic mail at 
[email protected]; or by fax at (301) 415-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NRC staff has prepared this Final EIS in 
response to two license amendment requests submitted by SFC for the 
surface reclamation and groundwater restoration at SFC's former uranium 
conversion site near Gore, Oklahoma. The Final EIS was prepared by the 
staff of the NRC and its contractor, Ecology & Environment, Inc., in 
compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the 
NRC's regulations for implementing NEPA (10 CFR Part 51).
    The NRC staff published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for 
the Sequoyah Fuels Corporation Site and to conduct a scoping process, 
in the

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Federal Register on October 20, 1995 (60 FR 54260). The public scoping 
meeting was held in Gore, Oklahoma on November 15, 1995. Following the 
NRC's 2002 reclassification of waste at the SFC site as 11e.(2) 
byproduct material and transfer of the NRC regulatory oversight to 
Appendix A of Part 40, NRC held a rescoping meeting on May 13, 2003 (68 
FR 20033). The Rescoping Summary Report was issued in November 2003 
(ADAMS Accession No.: ML033170349). The NRC staff prepared and issued a 
Draft EIS in September 2007; notice of the availability of the Draft 
EIS appeared in the Federal Register on September 21, 2007 (72 FR 
54080). Public comments on the Draft EIS were accepted by the NRC staff 
until November 5, 2007. The NRC staff's responses to these comments and 
copies of the submitted comments are provided in appendices to the 
Final EIS.
    The Final EIS describes the proposed action and reasonable 
alternatives to the proposed action, including the no-action 
alternative, and describes the proposed mitigation measures. The NRC 
staff assesses the impacts of the proposed action and it's alternative 
on public and occupational health, air quality, water resources, waste 
management, geology and soils, noise, ecology resources, land use, 
transportation, historical and cultural resources, visual and scenic 
resources, socioeconomics, accidents and environmental justice. 
Additionally, the Final EIS analyzes and compares the costs and 
benefits of the proposed action.
    After weighing the impacts, costs, and benefits of the proposed 
action and comparing alternatives, the NRC staff, in accordance with 10 
CFR 51.91(d), sets forth its final NEPA recommendation regarding the 
proposed action. The NRC staff recommends that the proposed action be 
approved, unless safety issues mandate otherwise.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 21st day of May, 2008.
    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Scott C. Flanders,
Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
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