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plant licensing. The petitioners request FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill address the soil cleanup criteria that
that the NRC suspend the Davis-Besse Caverly, Fuel Cycle Facilities Branch, would be used as part of license
license and prohibit plant restart until Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and termination and transfer to the site long-
all design basis deficiencies identified Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material term custodian.
in response to the NRC’s 50.54(f) design Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Prior to the start of mill demolition,
basis letter are adequately addressed, Regulatory Commission, Mail Stop T8– the mill facilities and equipment in the
the plant probabilistic risk assessment A33, Washington, DC 20555–0001, immediate area would be washed down
(PRA) is updated to reflect design flaws, telephone (301) 415–6699 and e-mail to minimize potential residual
and no systems are in a ‘‘degraded but contamination. Any salvageable
operable’’ condition. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: materials would be surveyed and if
The request is being treated pursuant required, decontaminated until
to 10 CFR 2.206 of the Commission’s I. Introduction established release levels are obtained.
regulations. The request has been The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Salvageable materials would be placed
referred to the Director of the NRC’s Commission (NRC) is considering the in a designated salvage area. Mill
Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation issuance of an amendment to Rio Algom dismantling and washing would occur
(NRR). As provided by Section 2.206, Mining LLC’s (Rio Algom) Source in accordance with NRC approved
appropriate action will be taken on this Materials License SUA–1473. The demolition plan. Contaminated
petition within a reasonable time. proposed action would allow Rio Algom equipment would be dismantled/broken
A copy of the petition is available in to begin demolition of the uranium mill up and buried in the approved disposal
the Agencywide Documents Access and buildings at the Ambrosia Lake uranium areas. Uncontaminated underground
Management System (ADAMS) for facility. The proposed action is in foundation, utilities and pipelines that
inspection at the Commission’s Public accordance with the licensee’s plan are more than 2 feet below final grade
Document Room (PDR), located at One dated December 10, 2002, as revised by would be buried in place. These
White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike additional information sent, at the staff’s foundations and pipes may be left in
(first floor), Rockville, Maryland, and request, on March 27, 2003 and place if they are characterized and
from the ADAMS Public Library September 17, 2003. released in a manner consistent with 10
component on the NRC’s Web site, Pursuant to the requirements of 10 CFR part 40, appendix A, criterion 6(6). CFR part 51, Environmental Protection Areas where Rio Algom expects to leave
adams.html (the Public Electronic Regulations for Domestic Licensing and foundations intact include the lower
Reading Room), using Accession No. Related Regulatory Functions, the NRC portions of the thickeners, any basement
ML032400435. Persons who do not have has prepared an environmental type area, and any foundations that
access to ADAMS or who encounter assessment (EA) to evaluate the extend 2 feet below existing grade.
problems in accessing the documents environmental impacts associated with Underground cavities that are below
located in ADAMS should contact the this request. Based on this evaluation, grade, such as the crushing circuit from
NRC’s PDR reference staff by telephone the NRC has concluded that a Finding the primary crusher to the transfer
at 1–800–397–4209 or 301–415–4737 or of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is house, would remain in place and
by e-mail to appropriate for the proposed licensing would be backfilled. The final grade
Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 7th day action. (contour) is projected to approximate
of October, 2003. the existing surface elevation in the mill
II. EA Summary area.
For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The EA was prepared to evaluate the Disposal of all demolition waste that
J.E. Dyer,
environmental impacts associated with is classified as 11e.(2) byproduct
Director, Office of Nuclear Reactor
Rio Algom’s plan to demolish the mill material, as defined by the Atomic
at its Ambrosia Lake uranium facility. Energy Act of 1954 (AEA), as amended,
[FR Doc. 03–25988 Filed 10–14–03; 8:45 am]
The objectives of the Mill Demolition would be performed in accordance with
Plan are to: (1) Perform mill demolition approved disposal practices as
activities in a manner that protects authorized by License Conditions 30,
employee health and safety and the 32, 36, and 41 with the following
environment; (2) release equipment or modification. Disposal areas would be
packages from the restricted area for restored in accordance with License
unrestricted release and do so in Condition 41(I), which requires Rio
[Docket No. 40–8905] accordance with NRC decommissing Algom to submit a final reclamation
criteria and approved Mill Demolition plan upon the end of milling operations.
Finding of No Significant Impact and
Plan; (3) transfer equipment to another Rio Algom anticipates that reclamation
Notice of Availability of the
NRC-licensed facility in accordance efforts in areas where mill demolition
Environmental Assessment
with applicable Federal laws and debris would be disposed would
Addressing a License Amendment
regulations; (4) perform work following involve either the placement of an
Request To Approve Rio Algom LLC’s
established operating procedures; and engineered cover to control radon
Plan To Demolish Its Mill at Its
(5) dispose of byproduct material in emissions or alternate release criteria
Ambrosia Lake Uranium Mill Tailings
accordance with the source material would be requested.
Impoundment Located in Mckinley
license. Surplus chemicals/materials would be
County, NM
The Demolition Plan addresses the removed for sale or disposal prior to
AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory removal of surface structures in demolition of the area where these
Commission. preparation for subsequent materials may be present. All gear
implementation of the surface boxes, transformers, motors, etc., would
ACTION: Notice of availability of an
reclamation soil cleanup release phase be drained prior to demolition with the
environmental assessment and Finding
of the overall site decommissioning drained material disposed of in
of No Significant Impact.
process. The Demolition Plan does not accordance with applicable regulations.

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A demolition schedule would be IV. Further Information Week of October 27, 2003—Tentative
developed between site management The EA for this proposed action, as
and the selected demolition contractor Wednesday, October 29, 2003
well as the licensee’s request, as
and would take into consideration supplemented and revised, are available 9:30 a.m.—discussion of Security Issues
safety, radiation protection, personnel electronically for public inspection in (Closed—Ex. 1).
availability, salvage potential, the NRC’s Public Document Room or
contamination control, and weather from the Publicly Available Records Week of November 3, 2003—Tentative
constraints. At a minimum, any (PARS) component of NRC’s document
regulated asbestos containing materials There are no meetings scheduled for
system (ADAMS). ADAMS is accessible the Week of November 3, 2003.
would be abated from a structure prior from the NRC Web site at http://
to commencing structure demolition. Week of November 10, 2003—Tentative
III. Finding of No Significant Impact The ADAMS Accession Numbers for the
licensee’s request, as supplemented and There are no meetings scheduled for
Pursuant to 10 CFR part 51, the NRC the Week of November 10, 2003.
revised, are: ML030940616 and
has prepared the EA, summarized
ML030940279. The ADAMS Accession Week of November 17, 2003—Tentative
above. The staff has determined that no
ground water impacts are expected from Number for the EA summarized above is
ML032720534. Most of the documents Thursday, November 20, 2003
building dismantlement and
deconstruction. There will be no deep referenced in the EA are also available
through ADAMS. Documents can also 12:45 p.m.—Briefing on Threat
excavations that could potentially Environment Assessment (Closed—
impact ground water. Waste be examined and/or copied for a fee, at
the NRC’s Public Document Room, Ex. 1).
management activities will be
implemented for gaseous effluents, located at One White Flint North, 11555 * The schedule for Commission meetings is
liquid and solid wastes. Air particulate Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. subject to change on short notice. To verify
(dust) created by the mill demolition Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 6th day the status of meetings call (recording)—(301)
will be reduced by pre-washing all of October, 2003. 415–1292. Contact person for more
facility components. Liquid wastes used For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, information: David Louis Gamberoni (301)
during the demolition will be isolated Robert Nelson, 415–1651.
by creating a decontamination area for Chief, Fuel Cycle Facilities Branch, Division * * * * *
equipment washing. This area will of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards, Office
of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ‘‘Briefing
either be enclosed with a sump or water
containment system or will be a [FR Doc. 03–25987 Filed 10–14–03; 8:45 am]
on Strategic Workforce Planning and
building slab from a previously Human Capital Initiatives (Closed—Ex.
dismantled building. All wash water 2),’’ originally scheduled for October 7,
will be collected and disposed of within 2003, was not held.
lined evaporations cells. Solid waste NUCLEAR REGULATORY * * * * *
generated during demolition will be COMMISSION The NRC Commission Meeting
separated into contaminated and Schedule can be found on the Internet
uncontaminated. Uncontaminated Sunshine Act Meeting Notice
wastes will be disposed of within a
AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: Nuclear policy-making/schedule.html.
landfill owned by Rio Algom under
Regulatory Commission. * * * * *
regulation of the State of New Mexico.
Contaminated waste will be disposed DATES: Weeks of October 13, 20, 27,
This notice is distributed by mail to
of in the mill tailings disposal area in November 3, 10, 17, 2003.
several hundred subscribers; if you no
accordance with NRC regulations. PLACE: Commissioners’ Conference
longer wish to receive it, or would like
Management of material contaminated Room 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville,
to be added to the distribution, please
with asbestos will be performed by Maryland.
contact the Office of the Secretary,
specialized contractors experienced in STATUS: Public and Closed.
Washington, DC 20555 (301–415–1969).
decontamination and handling of Matters to be Considered: In addition, distribution of this meeting
asbestos. Additionally, the staff has
Week of October 13, 2003 notice over the Internet system is
determined that no historic or cultural
resources and ecological resources available. If you are interested in
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
would be impacted. The U.S. Fish and receiving this Commission meeting
1:30 p.m.—Briefing on License Renewal schedule electronically. please send an
Wildlife Service has concurred that no Program, Power Uprate Activities, and
threatened or endangered habitat has electronic message to
High Priority Activities (Public
been impacted. Meeting) (Contact: Jimi Yerokun, 301– Dated: October 9, 2003.
The proposed NRC approval of the D.L. Gamberoni,
action when combined with known
This meeting will be webcast live at Technical Coordinator, Office of the
effects on resource areas at the site,
the Web address— Secretary.
including further site remediation, is
[FR Doc. 03–26134 Filed 10–10–03; 11:18
not anticipated to result in any Week of October 20, 2003—Tentative am]
cumulative impacts at the sites.
Therefore, the NRC staff has concluded Thursday, October 23, 2003 BILLING CODE 7590–01–M

that there will be no significant 10 a.m.—Meeting with Advisory

environmental impacts on the quality of Committee on Nuclear Waste (ACNW)
the human environment and, (Public Meeting) (Contact: John
accordingly, the staff has determined Larkins, 301–415–7360).
that preparation of an Environmental This meeting will be webcast live at
Impact Statement is not warranted. the Web address—

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