[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 214 (Wednesday, November 4, 2020)]
[Pages 70201-70202]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-24448]



[Docket No. 72-10; NRC-2020-0215]

Northern States Power Company; Prairie Island Independent Spent 
Fuel Storage Installation

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: License amendment application; issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) reviewed an 
application by Northern States Power Company (NSPM) for amendment of 
Special Nuclear Materials License No. SNM-2506 which authorizes NSPM to 
receive, possess, store, and transfer spent nuclear fuel and associated 
radioactive materials. The amendment

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sought to increase the maximum amount of spent fuel that may be 
possessed and stored at the Prairie Island Independent Spent Fuel 
Storage Installation (PI ISFSI) and approval of the construction of an 
additional concrete pad within the confines of the existing facility.

DATES: November 4, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Allen, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: 301-415-6877; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: By application dated July 26, 2019 (ADAMS 
Accession No. ML19210D273), as supplemented April 29, 2020 and June 10, 
2020 (ADAMS Accession Nos. ML20120A625 and ML20162A445 respectively), 
NSPM submitted to the NRC, in accordance with part 72 of title 10 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), a request to amend Special 
Nuclear Materials License No. SNM-2506 for its PI ISFSI site located in 
Welch, Minnesota. License No. SNM-2506 authorizes NSPM to receive, 
possess, store, and transfer spent nuclear fuel and associated 
radioactive materials resulting from the operation of the PI Power 
Plant in an ISFSI at the power plant site for a term of 20 years. 
Specifically, the amendment proposed to increase the storage capacity 
of the PI ISFSI and to approve the design of a new storage pad to be 
built at the existing facility.
    The NRC issued a letter dated October 28, 2019 (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML19301D285), notifying NSPM that the application was acceptable for 
review. In accordance with 10 CFR 72.16, a notice of docketing was 
published in the Federal Register on December 16, 2019 (84 FR 68491). 
The notice of docketing included an opportunity to request a hearing 
and to petition for leave to intervene. No requests for a hearing or 
petitions for leave to intervene were submitted.
    The NRC prepared a safety evaluation report (ADAMS Accession No. 
ML20237F368) to document its review and evaluation of the amendment 
request. Also, in connection with this action, the NRC prepared an 
environmental assessment (EA) and a finding of no significant impact 
(FONSI). The notice of availability of the EA and FONSI for the PI 
ISFSI was published in the Federal Register on October 8, 2020 (85 FR 
    Upon completing its review, the NRC staff determined that the 
request complies with the standards and requirements of the Atomic 
Energy Act of 1954, as amended (the Act), as well as the NRC's rules 
and regulations. The Commission has made appropriate findings as 
required by the Act and the Commission's rules and regulations in 10 
CFR chapter I, which are set forth in the license amendment. The NRC 
approved and issued Amendment No. 11 to Special Nuclear Materials 
License No. SNM-2506, held by NSPM for the receipt, possession, 
transfer, and storage of spent fuel and associated radioactive 
materials at the PI ISFSI. Pursuant to 10 CFR 72.46(d), the NRC is 
providing notice of the action taken. Amendment No. 11 was effective as 
of the date of issuance.

    Dated October 30, 2020.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
John B. McKirgan,
Chief, Storage and Transportation Licensing Branch, Division of Fuel 
Management, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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