[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 51 (Monday, March 16, 2020)]
[Pages 14980-14981]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-05285]



[Docket No. 70-0157; NRC-2009-0382]

University of Texas at Austin, TX

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: License termination; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is providing 
public notice of the termination of Special Nuclear Materials (SNM) 
License No. SNM-180. The NRC has terminated the license held by the 
University of Texas at Austin (UTX-A) to possess and use SNM for 
research, training, and educational purposes.

DATES: The license termination for SNM-180 was issued on January 23, 

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2009-0382 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may obtain publicly-available information related to this document 
using any of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking website: Go to https://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2009-0382. Address 
questions about NRC docket IDs in Regulations.gov to Jennifer Borges; 
telephone: 301-287-9127; email: [email protected]. For technical 
questions, contact the individual listed in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT section of this document.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may obtain publicly-available documents online in the 
ADAMS Public Documents collection at https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the search, 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]. For the convenience of the reader, 
instructions about obtaining materials referenced in this document are 
provided in the ``Availability of Documents'' section.
     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: Tyrone D. Naquin, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-7352; email: 
[email protected].


I. Discussion

    The NRC has terminated License No. SNM-180, held by UTX-A at its 
Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory (NETL). The NETL used SNM to 
supplement its training program in the field of nuclear engineering. 
The licensed materials were to be used in experiments in the NETL at 
the J.J. Pickle Research Campus in Austin, Texas. The license was most 
recently renewed on November 13, 2009 and was due for renewal in 
November 2019. Instead, due to a change in the direction of research 
activities at the NETL resulting in the disuse of licensed SNM, UTX-A 
arranged to ship the licensed SNM to the U.S. Department of Energy 
(DOE) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. By letter dated November 15, 2019, the 
NETL forwarded notification to the NRC that packaging and shipment to 
DOE had been completed.
    UTX-A's initial license was issued February 27, 1958, and the most 
recent renewal was issued on November 13, 2009. However, the SNM 
licensed for use by UTX-A had been in storage and unused since prior to 
the last license renewal. An application to terminate the license was 
received by the NRC on

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November 15, 2019. The NRC staff prepared a safety evaluation report 
for the termination of SNM-180 and concluded that this license 
termination complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended, section 70.38 of title 10 of the Code 
of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), and other applicable NRC's rules and 
regulations as set forth in 10 CFR chapter 1. Accordingly, this license 
termination was issued on January 23, 2020.

II. Availability of Documents

    The documents identified in the following table are available to 
interested persons through the ADAMS accession numbers as indicated.

                Document                       ADAMS accession No.
Initial License_SNM-180................  ML19354A020
License Renewal Application for SNM-180  ML080240243
 (Public Version).
Ltr to S. Biegalski, Approval of the     ML093030048
 University of Texas at Austin License
 Renewal Application for the Nuclear
 Engineering Teaching Laboratory.
Enclosure 4. Safety Evaluation Report    ML093030057
 for the Renewal of License SNM-180 for
 the University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas at Austin SNM-180    ML19337A016
 Termination Request (Package).
Approval of Amendment Request for        ML19352E566
 Special Nuclear Material--180 License
 Termination and Amendment 2 (Package).

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of March 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Tyrone D. Naquin,
Project Manager, Fuel Facility Licensing Branch, Division of Fuel 
Management Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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