[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 217 (Wednesday, November 9, 2016)]
[Pages 78865-78866]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-27058]



[Docket No. 50-609; NRC-2013-0235]

Construction Permit Application for the Northwest Medical 
Isotopes, LLC, Medical Radioisotope Production Facility

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Draft environmental impact statement; public meeting and 
request for comment.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is issuing for 
public comment a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 
construction permit application submitted by Northwest Medical 
Isotopes, LLC (NWMI) for the NWMI Medical Radioisotope Production 
Facility (NWMI facility). The proposed NWMI facility would be located 
in Columbia, Missouri. Possible alternatives to the proposed action 
(issuance of the construction permit) include no action, an alternative 
site, and two alternative technologies. The NRC staff plans to hold a 
public meeting during the public comment period to present an overview 
of the draft EIS and to accept public comments on the document.

DATES: Submit comments by December 29, 2016. Comments received after 
this date will be considered, if it is practical to do so but the 
Commission is able to ensure consideration only for comments received 
on or before this date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods 
(unless this document describes a different method for submitting 
comments on a specific subject):
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0235. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-415-
3463; email: [email protected]. For technical questions, contact 
the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section of 
this document.
     Mail comments to: Cindy Bladey, Office of Administration, 
Mail Stop: OWFN-12-H08, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, 
DC 20555-0001.
    For additional direction on obtaining information and submitting 
comments, see ``Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments'' in the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Drucker, Office of Nuclear 
Reactor Regulation, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 
20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6223; email: [email protected].


I. Obtaining Information and Submitting Comments

A. Obtaining Information

    Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2013-0235 when contacting the NRC 
about the availability of information for this action. You may obtain 
publicly-available information related to this action by any of the 
following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2013-0235.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection 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 (if it is available 
in ADAMS) is provided the first time that it is referenced. The draft 
EIS for the construction permit for the proposed NWMI facility is 
available in ADAMS under Accession No. ML16305A029.
     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.

B. Submitting Comments

    Please include Docket ID NRC-2013-0235 in the subject line of your 
comment submission, to ensure that the NRC is able to make your comment 
submission available to the public in this docket.
    The NRC cautions you not to include identifying or contact 
information that you do not want to be publicly disclosed in your 
comment submission. The NRC posts all comment submissions at http://www.regulations.gov as well as entering the comment submissions into 
ADAMS. The NRC does not routinely edit comment submissions to remove 
identifying or contact information.
    If you are requesting or aggregating comments from other persons 
for submission to the NRC, you should inform those persons not to 
include identifying or contact information that

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they do not want to be publicly disclosed in their comment submission. 
Your request should state that the NRC does not routinely edit comment 
submissions to remove such information before making the comment 
submissions available to the public or entering the comment submissions 
into ADAMS.

II. Discussion

    The NRC is issuing for public comment a draft EIS for the 
construction permit for the proposed NWMI facility. This draft EIS 
includes the preliminary analysis that evaluates the environmental 
impacts of the proposed action and alternatives to the proposed action. 
The preliminary recommendation is that after weighing the 
environmental, economic, technical, and other benefits against 
environmental and other costs, and considering reasonable alternatives, 
the NRC staff recommends, the issuance of the requested construction 
permit to NWMI, unless safety issues mandate otherwise.

III. Public Meeting

    The NRC staff will hold a public meeting prior to the close of the 
public comment period to present an overview of the draft EIS for the 
proposed construction permit and to accept public comment on the 
document. The meeting will be held on December 6, 2016, at the Holiday 
Inn Columbia-East, 915 Port Way, Columbia, Missouri 65201. The meeting 
will convene at 6:00 p.m. and will continue until approximately 8:00 
p.m., as necessary. The meeting will be transcribed and will include: 
(1) A presentation of the contents of the draft EIS; and (2) the 
opportunity for interested government agencies, organizations, and 
individuals to provide comments on the draft EIS. Additionally, the NRC 
staff will host an informal discussion 1 hour before the start of the 
meeting at the same location. No comments on the draft EIS will be 
accepted during the informal discussion. To be considered in the final 
EIS, comments must be provided either at the transcribed public meeting 
or submitted in writing by the comment deadline identified in the DATES 
section of this document. Persons may pre-register to attend or present 
oral comments at the meeting by contacting the NRC Environmental 
Project Manager, David Drucker, by telephone at 1-800-368-5642, ext. 
6223, or by email at [email protected] no later than Thursday, 
December 1, 2016. Members of the public may also register to provide 
oral comments within 15 minutes of the start of the meeting. Individual 
oral comments may be limited by the time available, depending on the 
number of persons who register. If special equipment or accommodations 
are needed to attend or present information at the public meeting, the 
need should be brought to Mr. Drucker's attention no later than 
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, to provide the NRC staff adequate notice to 
determine whether the request can be accommodated.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of November, 2016.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Jeffery J. Rikhoff,
Acting Chief, Environmental Review and Projects Branch, Division of 
License Renewal, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 2016-27058 Filed 11-8-16; 8:45 am]