[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 111 (Friday, June 8, 2012)]
[Pages 34093-34094]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13926]



[Docket No. 72-08; NRC-2011-0085]

License Renewal for Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, LLC's

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Environmental assessment and finding of no significant impact; 


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC or the Commission) 
is considering the renewal of NRC License SNM-2505 for the continued 
operation of the Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation (ISFSI) at 
the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant site near Lusby, Maryland. The 
NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) of this proposed 
license renewal in accordance with its regulations. Based on the EA, 
the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) 
is appropriate. The NRC also is conducting a safety evaluation of the 
proposed license renewal.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2011-0085 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access information related to this document, which the NRC 
possesses and are publicly-available, using the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2011-0085. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: [email protected].
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to [email protected]. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that a document is 
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James R. Park, Project Manager, Office 
of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management Programs, 
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-0001; 
telephone: 301-415-6935; email: [email protected].


I. Environmental Assessment Summary

    By letter dated September 17, 2010, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power 
Plant, LLC (CCNPP) submitted an application to the NRC to renew NRC 
License SNM-2505 for the CCNPP site-specific Independent Spent Fuel 
Storage Installation (ISFSI) that expires on November 30, 2012. CCNPP 
is requesting renewal of NRC License SNM-2505 for a 40-year period to 
authorize CCNPP to continue ISFSI operations at the Calvert Cliffs site 
near Lusby, Maryland. CCNPP supplemented its application on February 
10, 2011. On March 11, 2011, the NRC staff found CCNPP's application to 
be acceptable for a detailed review. In response to NRC staff requests 
for additional information, CCNPP provided supplemental information on 
June 14, June 28, and December 15, 2011.
    The NRC staff has prepared an EA to document its environmental 
review of the proposed license renewal. The NRC staff considered the 
following environmental resource areas in its evaluation: land use; 
transportation; socioeconomics; air quality; water quality and use; 
geology and soils; ecology; noise; historical and cultural; scenic and 
visual; public and occupational health and safety; and waste 
management. Based on the NRC staff's evaluation, the potential 
environmental impacts on these resource areas were determined to be 
small. In its license renewal request, CCNPP is proposing no changes in 
how it handles or stores spent fuel at the ISFSI, and no significant 
changes in CCNPP's authorized operations for the ISFSI are planned 
during the proposed

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license renewal period. Approval of the proposed action is not expected 
to result in any new construction or expansion of the existing ISFSI 
footprint beyond that previously approved by the NRC. The ISFSI is a 
passive facility that produces no liquid or gaseous effluents and 
requires no power or regular maintenance. No significant radiological 
or non-radiological impacts are expected from continued normal 
operations. Occupational dose estimates from routine monitoring 
activities and transfer of spent fuel for disposal are expected to be 
maintained as low as is reasonably achievable and are expected to be 
within the limits of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 
CFR) 20.1201. The estimated annual dose to the nearest potential member 
of the public from ISFSI activities is less than 0.02 mSv/yr (2 mrem/
yr), which is significantly less than limits specified in 10 CFR 72.104 
and 10 CFR 20.1301(a). The staff concluded that the proposed 40-year 
renewal of NRC License SNM-2505 will not result in a significant impact 
to the environment.
    The NRC staff consulted with other federal and state agencies and 
Native American Indian tribes regarding the proposed action, including: 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (National Marine Fisheries Service), the 
Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of 
the Environment, the Maryland Historic Trust, the Piscataway Indian 
Nation, the Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Subtribes, the Cedarville 
Band of Piscataway Indians, and the Maryland Commission on African 
American History and Culture. These consultations ensured that the 
requirements of Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and Section 106 
of the National Historic Preservation Act were met and provided the 
designated state liaison agency the opportunity to comment on the 
proposed action and the EA.

II. Finding of No Significant Impact

    On the basis of the EA, the NRC has concluded that the proposed 
license renewal will not significantly affect the quality of the human 
environment. Therefore, preparation of an environmental impact 
statement is not warranted for the proposed action and a finding of no 
significant impact is appropriate.

III. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the license renewal 
application and supporting documentation, are available online in the 
NRC Library 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 provided in the following table:

                 Document                       ADAMS  Accession No.
CCNPP License Renewal Application........  ML102650247
CCNPP License Renewal Application--        ML110620120
 Supplemental Information.
NRC March 11, 2011 Letter to CCNPP--       ML110730101
 Acceptance of License Renewal
 Application for Detailed Review.
NRC April 15, 2011 Letter to CCNPP--       ML110900524
 Request for Additional Information (RAI).
CCNPP June 14, 2011 Letter to NRC--        ML11167A014
 Response to RAI.
NRC April 28, 2011 Letter to CCNPP--First  ML111180260
 RAI Request.
CCNPP June 28, 2011 Letter to NRC--        ML11180A270
 Response to First RAI Request.
NRC October 7, 2011 Letter to CCNPP--      ML112840455
 Second RAI Request.
CCNPP December 15, 2011 Letter to NRC--    ML11364A024
 Response to Second RAI Request.
NRC Consultation Letters:
    NRC Letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife   ML110560670
    NRC Letter to National Oceanic and     ML110670385
     Atmospheric Administration (National
     Marine Fisheries Service).
    NRC Letter to Maryland Historic Trust  ML110560720
    NRC Letter to Maryland Department of   ML110560647
     Natural Resources.
    NRC Letter to Maryland Department of   ML110560787
     the Environment.
    NRC Letter to Piscataway Indian        ML111250187
    NRC Letter to Piscataway Conoy         ML110670403
     Confederacy and Subtribes.
    NRC Letter to Cedarville Band of       ML110560754
     Piscataway Indians.
    NRC Letter to Maryland Commission on   ML110560771
     African American History and Culture.
    NRC Draft EA transmittal letter to     ML120530497
     Maryland Department of Natural
    Maryland Department of Natural         ML121180580
     Resources response to EA review
Final Environmental Assessment...........  ML121220084

    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 email 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. Hard copies of the documents 
are available from the PDR for a fee.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 31 day of May 2012.
    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew Persinko,
Deputy Director, Environmental Protection and Performance Assessment 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
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