[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 34 (Monday, February 23, 2009)]
[Pages 8120-8121]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-3768]



[Docket No. 030-06869; NRC-2009-0069]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Unitech Services Group, 
Honolulu, HI

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


Materials Safety Branch B, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, Region 
IV, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 612 E Lamar Blvd, Arlington, 
Texas 76011.Telephone: (817) 860-8197; fax number: (817) 860-8188; e-
mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance 
of a license amendment to Material License No. 53-13668-01, issued to 
Unitech Services Group (the licensee), to authorize the release of its 
former nuclear laundry facility at 3050 Ualena Street, Suite C, in 
Honolulu, Hawaii, and to terminate the license. 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 release 
of the licensee's facility located in Honolulu, Hawaii. Specifically, 
the NRC plans to approve the licensee's request

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to release the facility for unrestricted use and to terminate the 
license. On September 4, 2008, Unitech Services Group requested that 
NRC approve the proposed amendment. The staff has prepared this EA in 
support of the proposed license amendment.
    Docket file records indicate that the licensee conducted nuclear 
laundry operations at the Ualena Street location from 1974-2007. In a 
letter to the NRC dated August 16, 2007, the licensee stated that it 
had permanently ceased operations at this site. The primary 
radionuclide of concern was cobalt-60. Other radionuclides of concern 
included nickel-63, manganese-54, cobalt-58, iron-55, and zinc-65. The 
NRC staff determined that a decommissioning plan was not required 
because decommissioning instructions were provided in the license 
application. The licensee commenced with decommissioning during October 
2007 and completed decommissioning during September 2008. The NRC 
conducted two inspections during the decommissioning process. During 
the inspections, the NRC staff observed that the licensee was 
conducting decommissioning in accordance with license requirements. The 
licensee submitted a final status survey report to the NRC by letter 
dated September 4, 2008. The licensee's final status survey results, in 
conjunction with the NRC's confirmatory survey results, demonstrated 
that the licensee had effectively remediated the site in accordance 
with regulatory guidance documents. Because the site had been 
effectively remediated in accordance with NRC guidance and license 
requirements, the NRC staff has concluded that the facility meets the 
criteria of 10 CFR Part 20, Subpart E, for unrestricted release and for 
termination of the license.
    The Hawaii State Department of Health was consulted about this EA, 
and the State had no comments on the EA or the proposed action.

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:
    1. NRC, ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of 
Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-
Licensed Nuclear Facilities,'' NUREG-1496, July 1997 (ML042310492, 
ML042320379, and ML042330385);
    2. NRC, ``Consolidated NMSS Decommissioning Guidance,'' NUREG-1757, 
Volume 1, Revision 2, September 2006 (ML063000243);
    3. NRC, ``Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation 
Manual (MARSSIM),'' NUREG-1575, Revision 1, August 2000 (ML003761445, 
    4. Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20, Subpart E, 
``Radiological Criteria for License Termination;''
    5. Title 10, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51, ``Environmental 
Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory 
    6. Unitech Services Group, ``Notice of Decommissioning Activities 
Pursuant to Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 30.36(d) and 
License Amendment Request,'' August 16, 2007 (ML072400267);
    7. Unitech Services Group, ``Reply to NRC Letter Dated August 30, 
2007,'' October 2, 2007 (ML072841267);
    8. Unitech Services Group, ``Certificate of Disposition of 
Materials,'' August 5, 2008, (ML082310743);
    9. Unitech Services Group, ``Final Status Survey Report,'' 
September 4, 2008 (ML082600080); and
    10. State of Hawaii Response, January 20, 2009 (ML090220588).
    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 (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 Public Document Room (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 at Arlington, Texas this 11th day of February 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Jack E. Whitten,
Chief, Nuclear Materials Safety Branch B Division of Nuclear Materials 
Safety Region IV.
[FR Doc. E9-3768 Filed 2-20-09; 8:45 am]