[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 9 (Thursday, January 14, 2010)]
[Pages 2164-2165]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-566]



[Docket No. 50-293; NRC-2010-0010]

Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc.; Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station; 
Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering 
issuance of an amendment to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 
(10 CFR) Part 50, Section 50.92, for Facility Operating License No. 
DPR-35, issued to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. (Entergy or the 
licensee), for operation of Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station (Pilgrim), 
located in Plymouth County, MA. Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21, 
the NRC is issuing this environmental assessment and finding of no 
significant impact.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

    The proposed action would revise the names on the plant license to 
match the names of the new companies. Entergy Nuclear Generation 
Company would be changed to Enexus Nuclear Pilgrim, LLC. Entergy 
Nuclear Operations, Inc. would be changed to EquaGen Nuclear LLC.
    The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's 
application dated September 30, 2008.

The Need for the Proposed Action

    The proposed action for changing the name of the licensee results 
from restructuring of Entergy Corporation and the creation of Enexus 
Energy Corporation as consented to by the NRC Order dated July 28, 

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The NRC has completed its safety evaluation of the proposed action 
and concludes that: (1) There is a reasonable assurance that the health 
and safety of the public will not be endangered by operation in the 
proposed manner, (2) such activities will be conducted in compliance 
with the Commission's regulations, and (3) the issuance of the 
amendment will not be inimical to the common defense and security or to 
the health and safety of the public.
    The details of the staff's safety evaluation will be provided in 
the license amendment that will be issued as part of the letter to the 
licensee approving the license amendment.
    The proposed action will not significantly increase the probability 
or consequences of accidents. No changes are being made in the types of 
effluents that may be released off site. There is no significant 
increase in the amount of any effluent released off site. There is no 
significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure. 
Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts 
associated with the proposed action.
    With regard to potential non-radiological impacts, the proposed 
action does not have a potential to affect any historic sites. It does 
not affect non-radiological plant effluents and has no other 
environmental impact. Therefore, there are no significant non-
radiological environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.
    Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant 
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    As an alternative to the proposed action, the NRC staff considered 
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative). 
Denial of the application would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action 
and the alternative action are similar.

Alternative Use of Resources

    The action does not involve the use of any different resources than 
those previously considered in the Final Environmental Statement for 
Pilgrim, dated January 1972.

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Agencies and Persons Consulted

    In accordance with its stated policy, on December 15, 2009, the NRC 
staff consulted with the Massachusetts State official of the 
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency regarding the environmental 
impact of the proposed action. The State official had no comments.

Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC concludes 
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the 
quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined 
not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed 
    For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the 
licensee's letter dated September 30, 2008, Agencywide Documents Access 
and Management System (ADAMS) accession number ML082830135. Documents 
may be examined, and/or copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document 
Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, Public File Area O1 F21, 
11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland. Publicly 
available records will be accessible electronically from the ADAMS 
Public Electronic Reading Room on the Internet at 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 by 
telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or 301-415-4737, or send an e-mail to 
[email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day of January 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
James Kim,
Project Manager, Plant Licensing Branch 1-1, Division of Operating 
Reactor Licensing, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2010-566 Filed 1-13-10; 8:45 am]