[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 129 (Thursday, July 3, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 38251-38252]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-15118]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 030-33820]


Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment and Finding of 
No Significant Impact for Amendment of Byproduct Materials License No. 
13-26640-01, for Unrestricted Release of a Facility in Evansville, IN

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Issuance of Environmental Assessment and Finding of No 
Significant Impact for License Amendment.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter J. Lee, PhD, CHP, Health 
Physicist, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials 
Safety, Region III, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 2443 
Warrenville Road, Lisle, Illinois 60532; telephone: (630) 829-9870; fax 
number: (630) 515-1259; or by e-mail at Peter.Lee@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Introduction

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proposing to amend 
Byproduct Materials License No. 13-26640-01. The license is held by the 
Covance Clinical Research Unit, Inc. (the Licensee), now located at 617 
Oakley Street, Evansville, Indiana. Issuance of the amendment would 
authorize release of the Licensee's facility, located at 800 St. Mary's 
Drive, Evansville, Indiana (the Facility) for unrestricted use. The 
Licensee requested this action in NRC FORM 313 dated February 1, 2008. 
The NRC has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) in support of 
this proposed action in accordance with the requirements of Title 10, 
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 51 (10 CFR Part 51). Based on 
the EA, the NRC has concluded that a Finding of No Significant Impact 
(FONSI) is appropriate with respect to the proposed action. The 
amendment will be issued to the Licensee following the publication of 
this FONSI and EA in the Federal Register.

II. Environmental Assessment

Identification of Proposed Action

    The proposed action would approve the Licensee's February 1, 2008 
request, resulting in release of the Facility for unrestricted use. 
License No. 13-26640-01 was issued on August 16, 1995, pursuant to 10 
CFR Part 35, and has been amended periodically since that time. The 
license authorizes the use of by-product materials (carbon-14 and 
hydrogen-3) in human research studies.

Need for the Proposed Action

    The Licensee has ceased conducting licensed activities at the 
Facility and seeks the unrestricted use of its Facility.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed Action

    The historical review of licensed activities conducted at the 
Facility shows that such activities involved use of the following 
radionuclides with half-lives greater than 120 days: hydrogen-3 and 
carbon-14, and that use of these materials at the Facility ceased in 
early January 2008. Prior to performing the final status survey, the 
Licensee conducted decontamination activities, as necessary, in the 
areas of the Facility affected by these radionuclides.
    The Licensee completed final status surveys at the Facility on 
January 22, 2008. The final status survey report was attached to the 
Licensee's amendment request dated February 1, 2008. The Licensee 
elected to demonstrate compliance with the radiological criteria for 
unrestricted release as specified in 10 CFR 20.1402 using release 
criteria for building surfaces based on NUREG-1556, Volume 7, 
``Program-Specific Guidance About Academic, Research and Development, 
and Other Licenses of Limited Scope Including Gas Chromatographs and X-
Ray Fluorescence Analyzers--Final Report,'' Appendix Q, ``Radiation 
Safety Survey Topics.'' These release criteria are the same as the 
radionuclide-specific dose-based release criteria, described in NUREG-
1757, ``Consolidated NMSS Decommissioning Guidance,'' Volume 2. These 
values provide acceptable levels of surface contamination to 
demonstrate compliance with the NRC requirements in Subpart E of 10 CFR 
Part 20 for unrestricted release. The Licensee's final status survey 
results were below these values and are in compliance with the As Low 
As Reasonably Achievable (ALARA) requirement of 10 CFR 20.1402. The NRC 
thus finds that the Licensee's final status survey results are 
acceptable.
    Based on its review, the staff has determined that the affected 
environment and any environmental impacts associated with the proposed 
action are bounded by the impacts evaluated by the ``Generic

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Environmental Impact Statement in Support of Rulemaking on Radiological 
Criteria for License Termination of NRC-Licensed Nuclear Facilities,'' 
(NUREG-1496) Volumes 1-3 (ML042310492, ML042320379, and ML042330385). 
The staff finds there were no significant environmental impacts from 
the use of radioactive material at the Facility. The NRC staff reviewed 
available docket file records and the survey results to identify any 
non-radiological hazards that may have impacted the environment 
surrounding the Facility. No such hazards or impacts to the environment 
were identified. The NRC has identified no other radiological or non-
radiological activities in the area that could result in cumulative 
environmental impacts.
    The NRC staff finds that issuance of the proposed amendment is in 
compliance with 10 CFR Part 20. Based on its review, the staff 
considered the impact of the residual radioactivity at the Facility and 
concluded that the proposed action will not have a significant effect 
on the quality of the human environment.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

    Due to the largely administrative nature of the proposed action, 
its environmental impacts are small. Therefore, the only alternative 
the staff considered is the no-action alternative, under which the 
staff would leave things as they are by simply denying the amendment 
request. This no-action alternative is not feasible because it 
conflicts with 10 CFR 30.36(d), requiring that decommissioning of 
byproduct material facilities be completed and approved by the NRC 
after licensed activities cease. The NRC's analysis of the Licensee's 
final status survey data confirmed that the Facility meets the 
requirements of 10 CFR 20.1402 for unrestricted release. Additionally, 
denying the amendment request would result in no change in current 
environmental impacts. The environmental impacts of the proposed action 
and the no-action alternative are, therefore, similar; and the no-
action alternative is accordingly not further considered.

Conclusion

    The NRC staff has concluded that the proposed action is consistent 
with the NRC's unrestricted release criteria specified in 10 CFR 
20.1402. Because the proposed action will not significantly impact the 
quality of the human environment, the NRC staff concludes that the 
proposed action is the preferred alternative.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

    NRC provided a draft of this Environmental Assessment to the 
Indiana Emergency Response Program for review on March 24, 2008. By 
response dated May 12, 2008, the State agreed with the conclusions of 
the EA, and provided no comments.
    The NRC staff has determined that the proposed action is of a 
procedural nature, and will not affect listed species or critical 
habitat. Therefore, no further consultation is required under section 7 
of the Endangered Species Act. The NRC staff has also determined that 
the proposed action is not the type of activity that has the potential 
to cause effects on historic properties. Therefore, no further 
consultation is required under section 106 of the National Historic 
Preservation Act.

III. Finding of No Significant Impact

    The NRC staff has prepared this EA in support of the proposed 
action. On the basis of this EA, the NRC finds that there are no 
significant environmental impacts from the proposed action, and that 
preparation of an environmental impact statement is not warranted. 
Accordingly, the NRC has determined that a Finding of No Significant 
Impact is appropriate.

IV. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for 
license amendment and supporting documentation, are available 
electronically at the NRC's Electronic Reading Room at http://
www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. From this site, you can access the 
NRC's Agencywide Document Access and Management System (ADAMS), which 
provides text and image files of NRC's public documents. The documents 
related to this action are listed below, along with their ADAMS 
accession numbers.
    1. Mary L. Westrick, Covance Clinical Research Unit Inc., NRC Form 
313 dated February 1, 2008 (ADAMS Accession No. ML080810513);
    2. Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20, Subpart E, 
``Radiological Criteria for License Termination'';
    3. Title 10 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 51, ``Environmental 
Protection Regulations for Domestic Licensing and Related Regulatory 
Functions'';
    4. NUREG-1496, ``Generic Environmental Impact Statement in Support 
of Rulemaking on Radiological Criteria for License Termination of NRC-
Licensed Nuclear Facilities'';
    5. NUREG-1757, ``Consolidated NMSS Decommissioning Guidance.''
    6. NUREG-1556, Volume 7, ``Program-Specific Guidance About 
Academic, Research and Development, and Other Licenses of Limited Scope 
Including Gas Chromatographs and X-Ray Fluorescence Analyzers--Final 
Report,'' Appendix Q, ``Radiation Safety Survey Topics.''
    If you do not have access to ADAMS, or if there are problems in 
accessing the documents located in ADAMS, contact the NRC Public 
Document Room (PDR) Reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-4737, or 
by e-mail to pdr@nrc.gov. These documents may also be viewed 
electronically on the public computers located at the NRC's PDR, O 1 
F21, One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. 
The PDR reproduction contractor will copy documents for a fee.

    Dated at Lisle, Illinois, this 23rd day of June 2008.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Christine A. Lipa,
Chief, Decommissioning Branch, Division of Nuclear Materials Safety, 
Region III.
[FR Doc. E8-15118 Filed 7-2-08; 8:45 am]
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