[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 59 (Tuesday, March 27, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 18272-18273]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7310]


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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 70-3103; NRC-2010-0264]


Uranium Enrichment Fuel Cycle Facility Inspection Reports 
Regarding Louisiana Energy Services LLC, National Enrichment Facility, 
Eunice, NM, Prior to the Commencement of Operations

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff has 
conducted inspections of the Louisiana Energy Services (LES), LLC, 
National enrichment Facility in Eunice, New Mexico, and has verified 
that cascades number 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, and 2.4 as well as 
autoclave one of the facility have been constructed in accordance with 
the requirements of the approved license. The NRC staff has prepared 
inspection reports documenting its findings in accordance with the 
requirements of the NRC Inspection Manual.

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2010-0264 when contacting the 
NRC about the availability of information regarding this document. You 
may access information related to this document, which the NRC 
possesses and is publicly-available, using the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2010-0264. Address 
questions about NRC dockets to Carol Gallagher; telephone: 301-492-
3668; email: Carol.Gallagher@nrc.gov.
     NRC's Agencywide Documents Access and Management System 
(ADAMS): You may access publicly-available documents online in the NRC 
Library at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams.html. To begin the 
search, select ``ADAMS Public Documents'' and then select ``Begin Web-
based ADAMS Search.'' For problems with ADAMS, please contact the NRC's 
Public Document Room (PDR) reference staff at 1-800-397-4209, 301-415-
4737, or by email to pdr.resource@nrc.gov. In addition, for the 
convenience of the reader, the ADAMS accession numbers are provided in 
a table in the section of this notice entitled, Availability of 
Inspection Reports.
     NRC's PDR: You may examine and purchase copies of public 
documents at the NRC's PDR, Room O1-F21, One White Flint North, 11555 
Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland 20852.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Raddatz, Office of Nuclear 
Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 
Washington, DC 20555-0001; telephone: (301) 492-3108; email: 
Michael.Raddatz@nrc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Discussion

    The NRC staff has conducted inspections of the Louisiana Energy 
Services (LES), LLC, National enrichment Facility in Eunice, New 
Mexico, and has verified that cascades number 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 2.1, 
and 2.4 as well as autoclave one of the facility have been constructed 
in accordance with the requirements of the approved license. The NRC 
staff has prepared inspection reports documenting its findings in 
accordance with the requirements of the NRC Inspection Manual. As a 
result of these inspections, on November 15, 2011, the Commission 
authorized the licensee to start operation of cascade number 1.5. On 
December 2, 2011, the Commission authorized the licensee to start 
operation of Autoclave one. On December 21, 2011, the Commission 
authorized the licensee to start operation of cascade number 1.6. On 
January 23, 2012, the Commission authorized the licensee to start 
operation of cascade number 1.7. Finally, on March 1, 2012, the 
Commission authorized the licensee to start operations of cascades 
numbered 1.8, 2.1, and 2.4.
    The publication of this Notice satisfies the requirements of Title 
10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 70.32 (k) and Section 
193(c) of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended.
    The introduction of uranium hexafluoride into any module of the 
National Enrichment Facility is not permitted until the Commission 
completes an operational readiness and management measures verification 
review to verify that management measures that ensure compliance with 
the performance requirements of 10 CFR 70.61 have been implemented and 
confirms that the facility has been constructed in accordance with the 
license and will be operated safely. Subsequent operational readiness 
and management measures verification reviews will continue throughout 
the various phases of plant construction and, upon completion of these 
subsequent phases, additional notices will be posted to verify that the 
phase in question has been constructed in accordance with the license 
and to acknowledge licensee readiness for operations.

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II. Availability of Inspection Reports

    The following table provides the ADAMS accession numbers for the 
inspection reports prepared by the NRC staff. For information on how to 
access ADAMS, see the ADDRESSES section of this document.

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                                                       ADAMS  Accession
    Inspection Report Nos.              Date                  No.
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70-3103/2012-002.............  .....................  Pending
70-3103/2011-013.............  January 25, 2012.....  ML12025A286
70-3103/2011-009.............  December 8, 2011.....  ML11342A131
70-3103/2011-007.............  December 16, 2011....  ML11353A102
70-3103/2011-004.............  October 28, 2011.....  ML11301A218
70-3103/2011-008.............  June 15, 2011........  ML111660886
70-3103/2011-002.............  April 29, 2011.......  ML111190268
70-3103/2010-012.............  July 21, 2010........  ML102020385
70-3103/2010-007.............  March 31, 2010.......  ML100900329
70-3103/2010-005.............  March 26, 2010.......  ML100850424
70-3103/2009-004.............  December 17, 2009....  ML093511013
70-3103/2009-006.............  October 8, 2009......  ML092820188
70-3103/2009-003.............  September 30, 2009...  ML092730612
70-3103/2009-002.............  June 26, 2009........  ML091770643
70-3103/2009-001.............  March 26, 2009.......  ML090850669
70-3103/2008-006.............  March 20, 2009.......  ML090790642
70-3103/2008-004.............  December 19, 2008....  ML083540709
70-3103/2008-003.............  October 30, 2008.....  ML083040618
70-3103/2008-002.............  July 10, 2008........  ML081930118
70-3103/2008-001.............  April 24, 2008.......  ML081160345
70-3103/2007-004.............  March 7, 2008........  ML080670475
70-3103/2007-003.............  November 2, 2007.....  ML073060571
70-3103/2007-002.............  August 16, 2007......  ML072280647
70-3103/2007-001.............  May 24, 2007.........  ML071440430
70-3103/2006-001.............  January 19, 2007.....  ML070190661
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    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 9th day of March 2012.

    For the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brian W. Smith,
Chief, Uranium Enrichment Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and 
Safeguards, Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards.
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