[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 228 (Monday, November 30, 2009)]
[Pages 62605-62606]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-28509]



[Docket No. 050-206; NRC-2009-0519]

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact Approval of the License Termination Plan for the 
San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1 Reactor Facility, San 
Onofre, CA

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James C. Shepherd, Project Engineer, 
Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of 
Waste Management and Environmental Protection, Office of Federal and 
State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Rockville, Maryland 20852. Telephone: (301) 415-
6712; fax number: (301) 415-5398; e-mail: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering issuing 
an amendment to Facility Operating License No. DPR-13, issued to 
Southern California Edison (SCE or licensee), that would authorize SCE 
to remove the off-shore portion of the Circulating Water System (CWS) 
from its NRC license. SCE has isolated this portion of the system from 
the plant and will abandon it in place. SCE requested this action in 
its application dated December 19, 2007, in response to which the NRC 
staff has prepared a safety evaluation report (SER).
    The NRC staff has also prepared an environmental assessment (EA) to 
determine the environmental effects from the proposed action. Based on 
the EA, the NRC has concluded that a finding of no significant impact 
(FONSI) is appropriate with respect to the proposed action. The 
amendment will be issued to the licensee following publication of this 
FONSI and EA summary in the Federal Register.

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the proposed action is to amend the NRC license to 
remove the off-shore portion of the CWS from the license for San Onofre 
Nuclear Generating Station Unit 1. NRC verified that the licensee 
conducted sampling of the CWS and surrounding area, and performed dose 
analyses that demonstrate that the calculated dose to a member of the 
public is below the

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NRC limit of 25 millirem per year for areas released for unrestricted 
use, as defined in 10 CFR 20.1402. Specifically, SCE conducted 
characterization surveys of the areas to be released, during which it 
identified low concentrations of radioactive cesium, cobalt, and sodium 
in the sediments of the SONGS-1 CWS. These concentrations result in a 
calculated dose to the public of less than 1 millirem per year (mrem/
yr), which is well below the NRC unrestricted use limit of 25 mrem/yr.
    The staff has prepared this EA in support of the proposed license 
amendment. The NRC has examined the licensee's proposed amendment 
request and concluded that there are no significant radiological 
environmental impacts associated with this action, and it will not 
result in significant non-radiological environmental impacts.

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 that 
preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted.

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) The licensee's 
application, dated December 19, 2007, ML080580468, (2) the EA, 
ML093010071, and (3) the SER, ML092670125. 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 [email protected].
    These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public 
computers located at the NRC's PDR, OF-21, 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 20th day of November 2009.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Keith I. McConnell,
Deputy Director, Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery Licensing 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
[FR Doc. E9-28509 Filed 11-27-09; 8:45 am]