[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 40 (Tuesday, March 2, 2010)]
[Pages 9451-9452]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-4277]



[Docket No.: 70-7016; NRC-2009-0157]

Notice of Receipt and Availability of Environmental Report 
Supplement 2 for the Proposed GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment Laser-
Based Uranium Enrichment Facility

    On January 13, 2009, GE-Hitachi Global Laser Enrichment, LLC (GLE) 
was granted an exemption to file its environmental report in advance of 
its license application. GLE submitted its Environmental Report (ER) on 
January 30, 2009 (ML090910573), that proposes the construction, 
operation, and decommissioning of a laser-based uranium enrichment 
facility. The proposed facility would be located approximately six 
miles north of the City of Wilmington in New Hanover County, North 
    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
published a Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS) on the proposed action and the opportunity for public 
comment on the scope of issues to be considered in the EIS (74 FR 
16237) (April 9, 2009). The comment period was extended to allow 
members of the public to review the publicly available portions of the 
license application (July 24, 2009), (74 FR 36781). The license 
application was submitted on June 26, 2009, (ML091871003).
    On May 8, 2009, the NRC granted an exemption to authorize GLE to 
conduct site preparation and pre-construction activities on the 
Wilmington site. GLE submitted Supplement 1 to its ER on July 13, 2009, 
GLE Environmental Report Supplement 1--Early Construction 
(ML092100577). Supplement 1 distinguishes between the environmental 
impacts of pre-construction activities covered by the exemption and NRC 
authorized construction activities which will not be undertaken unless 
a license is granted. On November 13, 2009, GLE submitted Supplement 2 
to its ER, GLE Environmental Report Supplement 2--Revised Roadway and 
Entrance (ML093240135). Supplement 2 provides information describing 
the environmental impacts associated with revising the location of the 
entrance and roadway into the Wilmington site.
    On January 13, 2010, the NRC issued an order that announced the 
receipt of an application from GLE for a license to possess and use 
source, byproduct, and special nuclear material and to enrich natural 
uranium to a maximum of 8 percent U-235 by a laser-based enrichment 
process. This order also included the Notice of Consideration of 
Issuance of License; Notice of Hearing and Commission Order; and Order 
Imposing Procedures for Access to Sensitive Unclassified Non-Safeguards 
Information and Safeguards Information for Contention Preparation (75 
FR 1819) (January 13, 2010).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general or technical information

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associated with the licensing review of the GLE application, please 
contact Mr. Timothy Johnson at (301) 492-3121 or 
Timothy.Johnson@nrc.gov. For general information about the 
environmental review process, please contact Ms. Jennifer A. Davis at 
(301) 415-3835 or Jennifer.Davis@nrc.gov.
    Copies of GLE's application, safety analysis report, ER, and 
supplements to its ER (except for portions subject to withholding from 
public inspection in accordance with 10 CFR 2.390, Availability of 
Public Records) are available to the public at the Commission's Public 
Document Room (PDR), located at One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville 
Pike (first floor), Rockville, Maryland, 20852. These documents are 
also available for review and copying using any of the following 
methods: (1) Enter the NRC's GE Laser Enrichment Facility Licensing Web 
site at http://www.nrc.gov/materials/fuel-cycle-fac/laser.html#2a; (2) 
enter the NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS) at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html, where the 
accession numbers for GLE's license application (ML091871003), ER 
(ML090910573), Supplement 1 to the ER (ML092100577), and Supplement 2 
to the ER (ML093240135); (3) contact the NRC's PDR reference staff at 
1-800-397-4209, faxing a request to 301-415-3548, or by e-mail to 
pdr@nrc.gov. Hard copies of the documents are available from the PDR 
for a fee.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 22nd day of February 2010.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Patrice M. Bubar,
Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials, and Environmental Management 
[FR Doc. 2010-4277 Filed 3-1-10; 8:45 am]