[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 75 (Thursday, April 18, 2013)]
[Pages 23312-23313]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-09127]



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

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

AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice of availability.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Raddatz, Project Manager, 
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards, U.S. Nuclear 
Regulatory Commission, Rockville, Maryland 20852; telephone: 301-492-
3108; email: [email protected].


I. Introduction

    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 authorized the 
introduction of uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into cascades 
numbered 2.9, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.8, 
and 3.9. In addition, the NRC verified that the Phase 2a and Chemistry 
Laboratory of the Cylinder Receipt and Dispatch Building (CRDB) of the 
facility have been constructed in accordance with the requirements of 
the approved license. Phase 2a included the CRDB Civil Structure and 
CRDB shell operations such as: movement of cylinders; fire walls; 
transient combustible inspections; cylinder movers; and worker 
evacuation. The NRC staff has prepared inspection reports documenting 
its findings in accordance with the requirements of the NRC Inspection 
Manual, and these reports are available for review as specified in 
Section II of this notice. The publication of this notice satisfies the 
requirements of Section 70.32(k) of Title 10 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (10 CFR), and section 193(c) of the Atomic Energy Act of 
1954, as amended.
    The introduction of UF6 into any module of the National 
Enrichment Facility is not permitted until the NRC 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 of the operation approval letters 
will be published in the Federal Register in accordance with 10 CFR 

II. Further Information

    Documents related to this action, including the application for 
amendment and supporting documentation, are available online in the NRC 
Library 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. Inspection reports associated with the approval letters are 
referenced in the letters and are also available electronically in 
ADAMS. Accession numbers for the approval letters are being noticed 
here as follows:

                   NRC Cascades Authorization Letters
                                                        ADAMS  accession
      Authorization letters                Date                No.
Cascade numbered 2.9.............  September 28, 2012.       ML12272A189
Cascade numbered 2.10............  September 14, 2012.       ML12261A040
Cascade numbered 2.11............  August 24, 2012....       ML12237A190
Cascade numbered 2.12............  July 16, 2012......       ML12198A121
Cascade numbered 3.1.............  August 14, 2012....       ML12227A401
Cascade numbered 3.2.............  September 25, 2012.       ML12269A155

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Cascade numbered 3.3.............  October 31, 2012...       ML12306A048
Cascade numbered 3.4.............  October 31, 2012...       ML12306A048
Cascade numbered 3.5.............  November 21, 2012..       ML12326A563
Cascade numbered 3.6.............  December 20, 2012..       ML12355A171
Cascade numbered 3.7.............  January 14, 2013...       ML13015A042
Cascade numbered 3.8.............  February 13, 2013..       ML13044A527
Cascade numbered 3.9.............  March 14, 2013.....       ML13074A068

 NRC Authorization Letters Related to the Cylinder Receipt and Dispatch
                                                        ADAMS  accession
      Authorization letters                Date                No.
CRDB Chemistry Laboratory........  January 16, 2013...       ML13016A011
CRDB Phase 2a....................  January 30, 2013...       ML13030A327

    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 email to [email protected].
    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 Rockville, Maryland this 11th day of April.

    For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Brian W. Smith,
Chief, Uranium Enrichment Branch, Division of Fuel Cycle Safety, and 
Safeguards Office of Nuclear Material Safety, and Safeguards.
[FR Doc. 2013-09127 Filed 4-17-13; 8:45 am]