[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 194 (Thursday, October 7, 2010)]
[Pages 62153-62154]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-25274]



[Docket No. 40-9073; NRC-2009-0364]

Notice of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issuance of Materials 
License SUA-1596 for Uranium One Americas, Inc. Moore Ranch In Situ 
Recovery Facility

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance of materials license SUA-1596.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has 
issued a license to Uranium One Americas, Inc. (Uranium One) for its 
Moore Ranch uranium in situ recovery (ISR) facility in Campbell County, 
Wyoming. Materials License SUA-1596 authorizes Uranium One to operate 
its facility as proposed in its license application, as amended, and to 
possess uranium source and 11.e(2) byproduct material at the Moore 
Ranch facility. Furthermore, Uranium One will be required to operate 
under the conditions listed in Materials License SUA-1596.
    This notice also serves as the record of decision for the NRC 
decision granting the Uranium One application for the Moore Ranch 
facility and issuing Materials License SUA-1596. This record of 
decision satisfies the regulatory requirement in Section 51.102(a) of 
Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, which requires a 
Commission decision on any action for which a final environmental 
impact statement has been prepared to be accompanied by or include a 
concise public record of decision.
    The NRC has always considered that the entire publically available 
record for a license application as the agency's record of decision. 
Documents related to the application carry docket number 40-9073. These 
documents for the Moore Ranch ISR facility include the license 
application (including the applicant's environmental report) 
[ML072851218], the Commission's Safety Evaluation Report (SER) 
published in September 2010 [ML101310291] and the Commission's Final 
Supplemental Environmental Impaction Statement (FSEIS) (NUREG-1910, 
Supplement 1) published in August 2010 [ML102290470]. As discussed in 
the Moore Ranch FSEIS, the Commission considered a range of 
alternatives. The reasonable alternatives discussed in detail were the 
applicant's proposal as described in its license application to conduct 
in situ uranium recovery on the site and the no-action alternative. 
Other alternatives considered but eliminated from detailed analysis 
include conventional uranium mining and milling, conventional mining 
and heap leach processing, alternative site location, alternate 
lixiviants and alternate wastewater treatment methods. The factors 
considered when evaluating the alternatives, discussion of preferences 
among the alternatives, and license conditions and monitoring programs 
related to mitigation measures are also discussed in the Moore Ranch 
    The NRC has found that the application for the source material 
license complied with the standards and requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), and the Commission's 
regulations. As required by the Act and the Commission's regulations in 
10 CFR 40.32(b-c), the staff has found that Uranium One is qualified by 
reason of training and experience to use source material for the 
purpose it requested; and that Uranium One's proposed equipment and 
procedures for use at its Moore Ranch facility are adequate to protect 
public health and minimize danger to life or property. The NRC staff's 
review supporting these findings is documented in the SER. The NRC 
staff has also concluded, in accordance with 10 CFR 40.32(d), that 
issuance of Materials License SUA-1596 to Uranium One will not be 
inimical to the common defense and security or to the health and safety 
of the public.
    Uranium One's request for a materials license was previously 
noticed in the Federal Register on January 25, 2008 (73 FR 4642), with 
a notice of an opportunity to request a hearing. The NRC did not 
receive any requests for a hearing on the license application.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with 10 CFR 2.390 of the NRC's 
``Rules of Practice,'' the details with respect to this action, 
including the SER and accompanying documentation and license, 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........................  Applicant's application,          ML072851218
                            October 2, 2007.
2........................  First Response to Request for     ML082060521
                            Additional Information, July
                            11, 2008.
3........................  Second Response to Request        ML090370721
                            for Additional Information,
                            October 28, 2008.
4........................  First Open Issue Response,        ML093440347
                            December 4, 2009.
5........................  Second Open Issue Response,       ML093570333
                            December 10, 2009.
6........................  Third Open Issue Response,        ML100250919
                            January 18, 2010.
7........................  Generic Environmental Impact      ML091530075
                            Statement for In Situ Leach
                            Uranium Milling Facilities,
                            May 2009.
8........................  Supplemental Environmental        ML102290470
                            Impact Statement for the
                            Moore Ranch In Situ Recovery
                            August 2010.................
9........................  NRC Safety Evaluation Report,     ML101310291
                            September 2010.
10.......................  Source Materials License for      ML102345678
                            the Moore Ranch, September
                            28, 2010.

     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 
via e-mail to [email protected].
    These documents may also be viewed electronically on the public 
computers located at the NRC's PDR, O 1 F21, One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction 
contractor will copy documents for a fee.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas T. Mandeville, Project 
Manager, Uranium Recovery Licensing Branch, Decommissioning and Uranium 
Recovery Licensing Directorate, Division of Waste Management and 
Environmental Protection, Office of

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Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, U.S. 
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555. Telephone: (301) 
415-0724; fax number: (301) 415-5369; e-mail: 
[email protected].

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 30th day of September 2010.

    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 
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