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19108 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No.

69 / Tuesday, April 12, 2005 / Notices

Environmental Assessment exposure. Therefore, there are no Management System (ADAMS) Public
significant radiological environmental Electronic Reading Room on the Internet
Identification of the Proposed Action
impacts associated with the proposed at the NRC Web site, http://
The proposed action, as described in action. www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html.
the licensee’s application for a one-time With regard to potential non- Persons who do not have access to
exemption to the requirements of 10 radiological impacts, the proposed ADAMS or who encounter problems in
CFR Part 50, Appendix E, dated action does not have a potential to affect accessing the documents located in
December 13, 2004, would allow the any historic sites. It does not affect non- ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR
licensee to postpone the offsite full- radiological plant effluents and has no Reference staff by telephone at 1–800–
participation emergency exercise from other environmental impact. Therefore, 397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or by e-mail
2004 to 2005. The licensee’s letter dated there are no significant non-radiological to pdr@nrc.gov.
December 13, 2004, requested an environmental impacts associated with Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day
exemption from Section IV.F.2.e of the proposed action. of April 2005.
Appendix E to 10 CFR Part 50 regarding Accordingly, the NRC concludes that For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
the full participation by each offsite there are no significant environmental
authority having a role under the plan. Sean Peters,
impacts associated with the proposed
The NRC staff determined that the Project Manager, Section 1, Project
action.
requirements of Section IV.F.2.e are not Directorate II, Division of Licensing Project
Environmental Impacts of the Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor
applicable to the circumstances of the
Alternatives to the Proposed Action Regulation.
licensee’s request and, accordingly, no
[FR Doc. E5–1679 Filed 4–11–05; 8:45 am]
exemption from those requirements is As an alternative to the proposed
BILLING CODE 7590–01–P
being granted. However, the NRC staff action, the staff considered denial of the
has determined that the requirements of proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘no-action’’
Appendix E to 10 CFR Part 50, Sections alternative). Denial of the application NUCLEAR REGULATORY
IV.F.2.b and 2.c are applicable to the would result in no change in current COMMISSION
circumstances of the licensee’s request environmental impacts. The
and that an exemption from those environmental impacts of the proposed [Docket Nos. 50–424 and 50–425]
requirements is appropriate. The action and the alternative action are
licensee also stated in it’s December 13, similar. Southern Nuclear Operating Company;
2004, letter that FNP will resume it’s Vogtle Electric Generating Plant, Units
Alternative Use of Resources 1 and 2; Environmental Assessment
normal biennial exercise cycle in 2006.
The action does not involve the use of and Finding of No Significant Impact
The Need for the Proposed Action any different resources than those The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory
The proposed exemption from 10 CFR previously considered in the Final Commission (NRC) is considering
Part 50, Appendix E, Section IV.F.2.b Environmental Statement related to the issuance of an exemption from Title 10
and c is needed because the planned operation of the Joseph M. Farley of the Code of Federal Regulations (10
full-participation exercise originally Nuclear Plant, Units 1 and 2, dated CFR) Part 50, Appendix E, Section
scheduled for August 18, 2004, was not December 1974. IV.F.2.b and c for Facility Operating
performed. The Federal Emergency License Nos. NPF–68 and NPF–81,
Management Agency (FEMA), which Agencies and Persons Consulted
issued to Southern Nuclear Operating
normally participates in the evaluated In accordance with its stated policy,
Company (SNC or the licensee), for
full-participation exercise, and Alabama on January 6, 2005, the staff consulted
operation of the Vogtle Electric
Emergency Management Agency were with the Alabama State official, Kirk
Generating Plant (VEGP), Units 1 and 2
unable to provide the necessary Whatley of the Office of Radiation
located in Burke County, Georgia.
resources for the exercise due to the Control, Alabama Department of Public
Therefore, as required by 10 CFR 51.21,
impact of Hurricane Charley. Health, regarding the environmental
the NRC is issuing this environmental
impact of the proposed action. The State
Environmental Impacts of the Proposed assessment and finding of no significant
official had no comments.
Action impact.
The NRC has completed its safety Finding of No Significant Impact
Environmental Assessment
evaluation of the proposed action and On the basis of the environmental
concludes that the proposed exemption assessment, the NRC concludes that the Identification of the Proposed Action
will not present an undue risk to the proposed action will not have a The proposed action, as described in
public health and safety. The details of significant effect on the quality of the the licensee’s application for a one-time
the NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation will be human environment. Accordingly, the exemption to the requirements of 10
provided in the exemption that will be NRC has determined not to prepare an CFR Part 50, Appendix E, dated
issued as part of the letter to the environmental impact statement for the December 10, 2004, would allow the
licensee approving the exemption to the proposed action. licensee to postpone the offsite full-
regulation. The action relates to the For further details with respect to the participation emergency exercise until
exercising of the emergency response proposed action, see the licensee’s letter February 2005. The licensee’s letter
plan, which has no effect on the dated December 13, 2004. Documents dated December 10, 2004, requested an
operation of the facility. may be examined, and/or copied for a exemption from Section IV.F.2.e of
The proposed action will not fee, at the NRC’s Public Document Appendix E to 10 CFR Part 50 regarding
significantly increase the probability or Room (PDR), located at One White Flint the requirement to conduct a biennial
consequences of accidents. No changes North, Public File Area O1 F21, 11555 full-participation exercise. The NRC
are being made in the types of effluents Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville, staff determined that the requirements
that may be released offsite, and there Maryland. Publicly available records of Section IV.F.2.e are not applicable to
is no significant increase in will be accessible electronically from the circumstances of the licensee’s
occupational or public radiation the Agencywide Documents Access and request and, accordingly, no exemption

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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 69 / Tuesday, April 12, 2005 / Notices 19109

from those requirements is being Environmental Impacts of the For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
granted. However, the NRC staff has Alternatives to the Proposed Action Christopher Gratton, Sr.,
determined that the requirements of Project Manager, Section 1, Project
Appendix E to 10 CFR Part 50, Sections As an alternative to the proposed Directorate II, Division of Licensing Project
IV.F.2.b and 2.c are applicable to the action, the NRC staff considered denial Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor
circumstances of the licensee’s request of the proposed action (i.e., the ‘‘no- Regulation.
and that an exemption from those action’’ alternative). Denial of the [FR Doc. E5–1680 Filed 4–11–05; 8:45 am]
requirements is appropriate. The application would result in no change BILLING CODE 7590–01–P
licensee also stated in it’s December 10, in current environmental impacts. The
2004, letter that VEGP will resume it’s environmental impacts of the proposed
normal biennial exercise cycle in 2006. action and the alternative action are NUCLEAR REGULATORY
similar. COMMISSION
The Need for the Proposed Action
Alternative Use of Resources Notice of Decommissioning Workshop
The proposed exemption from 10 CFR
Part 50, Appendix E, Section IV.F.2.b The action does not involve the use of AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory
and c is needed because the planned any different resources than those Commission.
full-participation exercise originally ACTION: Notice of public workshop.
previously considered in NUREG–1087,
scheduled for September 22, 2004, was
‘‘Final Environmental Statement related SUMMARY: The Decommissioning
not performed by the end of calendar
year 2004. The Federal Emergency to the operation of the VEGP, Units 1 Directorate of the U.S. Nuclear
Management Agency (FEMA), which and 2,’’ dated December 1985. Regulatory Commission’s (NRC’s) Office
normally participates in the evaluated Agencies and Persons Consulted of Nuclear Material Safety and
full-participation exercises, informed Safeguards is holding a
the licensee that the Georgia Emergency In accordance with its stated policy, Decommissioning Workshop on April
Management Agency was unable to on January 6, 2005, the NRC staff 20 and 21, 2005, at The Shady Grove
provide the necessary resources for the consulted with the Georgia State Center in Rockville, Maryland. The
exercise due to the impact of Hurricanes official, Mr. Jim Hardeman of the purposes of the Workshop are to: (1)
Frances, Ivan, and Jeanne. Department of Natural Resources, Inform stakeholders of NRC’s Integrated
regarding the environmental impact of Decommissioning Improvement Plan
Environmental Impacts of the Proposed (IDIP), including planned regulatory and
Action the proposed action. The State official
had no comments. program management improvements; (2)
The NRC has completed its safety discuss the development of guidance
evaluation of the proposed action and Finding of No Significant Impact resulting from the NRC staff’s 2003
concludes the proposed exemption will analysis of issues impacting the
On the basis of the environmental implementation of the License
not present an undue risk to the public
assessment, the NRC concludes that the Termination Rule, and; (3) solicit
health and safety. The details of the
NRC staff’s Safety Evaluation will be proposed action will not have a feedback and suggestions from
provided in the exemption that will be significant effect on the quality of the stakeholders on guidance,
issued as part of the letter to the human environment. Accordingly, the decommissioning lessons learned, and
licensee approving the exemption to the NRC has determined not to prepare an the decommissioning process in general.
regulation. The action relates to the environmental impact statement for the Public participation is encouraged at the
exercising of the emergency response proposed action. Workshop to provide feedback and
plan, which has no effect on the For further details with respect to the perspectives on issues of importance to
operation of the facility. proposed action, see the licensee’s letter the work of the NRC’s Decommissioning
The proposed action will not dated December 10, 2004. Documents Directorate.
significantly increase the probability or may be examined, and/or copied for a DATES: The workshop will be held from
consequences of accidents. No changes fee, at the NRC’s Public Document 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on April 20, 2005,
are being made in the types of effluents Room (PDR), located at One White Flint and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 21,
that may be released offsite, and there 2005.
North, Public File Area O1F21, 11555
is no significant increase in ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held
Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville,
occupational or public radiation Maryland. Publicly available records at The Shady Grove Center, The
exposure. Therefore, there are no Universities at Shady Grove, 9630
will be accessible electronically from
significant radiological environmental Gudelsky Drive, Rockville, MD, 20874.
the Agencywide Documents Access and
impacts associated with the proposed FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Management System (ADAMS) Public
action. Derek Widmayer, Office of Nuclear
Electronic Reading Room on the Internet
With regard to potential non- Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S.
at the NRC Web site, http://
radiological impacts, the proposed Nuclear Regulatory Commission,
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html.
action does not have a potential to affect Washington, DC 20555. Telephone (301)
Persons who do not have access to 415–6677; Fax (301) 415–5398;
any historic sites. It does not affect non-
radiological plant effluents and has no ADAMS or who encounter problems in electronic mail at daw@nrc.gov.
other environmental impact. Therefore, accessing the documents located in
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
there are no significant non-radiological ADAMS should contact the NRC PDR Information on registering for the
environmental impacts associated with Reference staff by telephone at 1–800– Workshop, finding overnight
the proposed action. 397–4209 or 301–415–4737, or by e-mail accommodations, an up-to-date agenda,
Accordingly, the NRC concludes that to pdr@nrc.gov. and background information on some of
there are no significant environmental Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 5th day the topics to be discussed at the
impacts associated with the proposed of April, 2005. Workshop, is at the following link on
action. the NRC’s Web site: http://www.nrc.gov/

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