[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 33 (Tuesday, February 19, 2013)]
[Page 11688]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-03762]



[Docket No. 50-57; NRC-2012-0103]

Notice of Issuance of Amendment to Facility License R-77 
Incorporating a Decommissioning Plan for the Buffalo Materials Research 
Center Reactor at the State University of New York at Buffalo

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of issuance.


SUMMARY: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has approved the 
State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) decommissioning plan (DP) 
by amendment to the Facility License R-77 for the Buffalo Materials 
Research Center (BMRC) reactor.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Theodore Smith, Project Manager, 
Office of Federal and State Materials and Environmental Management 
Programs, U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Washington, DC 20555-
0001; telephone: 301-415-6721; email: Theodore.Smith@nrc.gov

ADDRESSES: Please refer to Docket ID NRC-2012-0103 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 are publicly-available, using any of the following 
     Federal Rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and search for Docket ID NRC-2012-0103. 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 at PDR.Resource@nrc.gov. The ADAMS accession number 
for each document referenced in this notice (if that document is 
available in ADAMS) is provided the first time that the document is 
     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.

I. Notice of Issuance

    The BMRC reactor is located at the UB in Buffalo, NY. The reactor 
is a PULSTAR heterogeneous open-pool type water cooled reactor. The 
reactor operated from March 24, 1961 until June 23, 1994. During 
operation, the reactor used 6% enriched uranium dioxide fuel clad in 
zirconium-alloy. The UB submitted the DP for the reactor to the NRC in 
a letter dated February 17, 2012 (ADAMS accession no. ML120540187), as 
supplemented by letters dated June 20, 2012 (ADAMS accession no. 
ML121870132), September 21, 2012 (ADAMS accession no. ML122780454), and 
October 15, 2012 (ADAMS accession no. ML12297A237).
    Pursuant to sections 20.1405 and 50.82(b)(5) of Title 10 of the 
Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR), the NRC published a notice and 
solicitation of comments for this DP in the Federal Register entitled, 
``License Amendment Request From The State University of New York, 
University of Buffalo Reactor Facility,'' on May 10, 2012 (77 FR 
27487). No comments were received in response to this notice.
    Subsequently, the NRC conducted a safety evaluation of the proposed 
DP (ADAMS accession no. ML12286A352). Based on this safety evaluation, 
the NRC concluded that, pursuant to 10 CFR 50.82(b)(5), the DP 
demonstrates that the proposed decommissioning will be performed in 
accordance with the Commission's regulations and will not be inimical 
to the common defense and security or to the health and safety of the 
public. Therefore, the Commission approved, by amendment to Facility 
License R-77, the DP subject to the safety evaluation.
    The NRC is publishing this notice announcing the issuance of the 
amendment to Facility License R-77 pursuant to 10 CFR 2.106(a)(1), 
because a notice of proposed action regarding this amendment had been 
previously published.

    Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 11th day of February, 2013.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Andrew Persinko,
Deputy Director Decommissioning and Uranium Recovery, Licensing 
Directorate, Division of Waste Management and Environmental Protection, 
Office of Federal and State Materials, and Environmental Management 
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