[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 131 (Friday, July 10, 2009)]
[Page 33283]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-16350]



National Bureau of Standards Reactor

[Docket No. 50-184; NRC-2009-0305]

Notice of Issuance of Renewed Facility License No. TR-5

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued renewed 
Facility Operating License No. TR-5, held by the National Institute of 
Standards and Technology (the licensee), which authorizes continued 
operation of the National Bureau of Standards Reactor (NBSR), located 
in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland. The NBSR is a tank-type, 
heavy-water-moderated-and-cooled test reactor licensed to operate at a 
steady-state power level of 20 megawatts thermal power. Renewed 
Facility Operating License No. TR-5 will expire at midnight 20 years 
from its date of issuance.
    The renewed license complies with the standards and requirements of 
the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the 
Commission's rules and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate 
findings as required by the Act and the Commission's regulations in 
Title 10, Chapter 1, ``Nuclear Regulatory Commission,'' of the Code of 
Federal Regulations (10 CFR), and sets forth those findings in the 
renewed license. The agency afforded an opportunity for hearing in the 
Notice of Opportunity for Hearing published in the Federal Register on 
September 21, 2004 (69 FR 56462). The NRC received no request for a 
hearing or petition for leave to intervene following the notice.
    The NRC staff prepared a safety evaluation report for the renewal 
of Facility License No. TR-5 and concluded, based on that evaluation, 
that the licensee can continue to operate the facility without 
endangering the health and safety of the public. The NRC staff also 
prepared a final Environmental Impact Statement for license renewal, 
noticed in the Federal Register on December 13, 2007 (72 FR 70900), and 
concluded that renewal of the license will not have a significant 
impact on the quality of the human environment.
    For details with respect to the application for renewal, see the 
licensee's letter dated April 9, 2004 (ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML041120167, ML041120179, ML041120201, ML041120205, ML041120206, 
ML041120207, ML041120210, ML041120216, ML041120217, ML041120221, 
ML041120225, ML041120229, ML041120233, ML041120234, ML041120235, 
ML041120237, ML041120239, ML041120241, ML041120244, ML041120247, 
ML041120250), as supplemented on October 2, 2006 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML062850511), May 30 (ADAMS Accession No. ML071570459) and August 14, 
2007 (ADAMS Accession No. ML072390261), September 16 (ADAMS Accession 
No. ML082890338), October 21 (ADAMS Accession No. ML083030209), and 
December 8, 2008 (ADAMS Accession No. ML083510754), and March 3 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML090700132), March 19 (ADAMS Accession No. ML090890327), 
and April 22, 2009 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML091190451 and ML091190464). 
Documents may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public 
Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville 
Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly available records 
will be accessible electronically from the Agencywide Documents Access 
and Management System (ADAMS) Public Electronic Reading Room on the NRC 
Web site, http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. 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 
at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or send an e-mail to [email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 2nd day of July 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Kathryn M. Brock,
Chief, Research and Test Reactors Branch A, Division of Policy and 
Rulemaking, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. E9-16350 Filed 7-9-09; 8:45 am]