[Federal Register Volume 69, Number 60 (Monday, March 29, 2004)]
[Notices]
[Page 16289]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E4-692]



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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 030-00883]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for License Amendment for Rutgers, the State 
University of New Jersey, J. B. Smith Hall Building in New Brunswick, 
NJ

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding 
of No Significant Impact.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Randolph C. Ragland, Jr., 
Decommissioning & Laboratory Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials 
Safety, Region I, 475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania 
19406, telephone (610) 337-5083, fax (610) 337-5269; or by e-mail: 
rcr1@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering the issuance 
of a license amendment to Materials License No. 29-05218-28 issued to 
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, licensee, to authorize 
release of their J. B. Smith Hall building, on Cook Campus, in New 
Brunswick, NJ for unrestricted use. NRC has prepared an Environmental 
Assessment (EA) in support of this action in accordance with the 
requirements of 10 CFR part 51. Based on the EA, the NRC has concluded 
that a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is appropriate. The 
amendment will be issued following the publication of this notice.

II. EA Summary

    The purpose of the proposed action is to authorize the release of 
the licensee's J. B. Smith Hall building, on their Cook Campus in New 
Brunswick, NJ for unrestricted use. Rutgers University was authorized 
by NRC from the 1970s to use radioactive materials for laboratory 
research and training purposes at the site. On November 21, 2003, 
Rutgers University requested that NRC release the facility for 
unrestricted use. Rutgers University has conducted surveys of the 
facility and provided information to the NRC to demonstrate that the 
site meets the license termination criteria in subpart E of 10 CFR part 
20 for unrestricted release.
    The NRC staff has prepared an EA in support of the proposed license 
amendment. The staff evaluated Rutgers University's request and the 
results of the surveys and has concluded that the completed action 
complies with the criteria in subpart E of 10 CFR part 20.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The staff has prepared the EA, summarized above, in support of the 
proposed license amendment to release the J. B. Smith Hall for 
unrestricted use. The staff has found that the environmental impacts 
from the proposed action are bounded by the impacts evaluated by the 
``Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on 
Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed 
Facilities'' (NUREG-1496). The staff has also found that the non-
radiological impacts are not significant. On the basis of the EA, the 
NRC has concluded that the environmental impacts from the proposed 
action are expected to be insignificant and has determined not to 
prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed action.

IV. Further Information

    The EA and the documents related to this proposed action, including 
the application for the license amendment and supporting documentation, 
are available for inspection at NRC's Public Electronic Reading Room at 
http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html (ADAMS Accession Nos. 
ML040790360, ML033300511, ML040710910, ML040710882). These documents 
may also be viewed electronically on the public computers located at 
the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), O 1F21, One White Flint North, 
11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. The PDR reproduction 
contractor will copy documents for a fee. These documents are also 
available for inspection and copying for a fee at the Region I Office, 
475 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406. Persons who 
do not have access to ADAMS, should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff 
by telephone at 1-800-397-4209 or (301) 415-4737, or by e-mail to 
pdr@nrc.gov.

    Dated in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania this 22nd day of March, 
2004.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Ronald R. Bellamy,
Chief, Decommissioning & Laboratory Branch, Division of Nuclear 
Materials Safety, Region I.
 [FR Doc. E4-692 Filed 3-26-04; 8:45 am]
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