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  • 1. Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 140 / Monday, July 23, 2007 / Notices 40135 frequent performance reports under 34 Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., LLW is defined by the Nuclear CFR 75.720(c). For specific room 6027, PCP, Washington, DC 20202. Regulatory Commission (NRC) in 10 requirements on reporting, please go to Telephone: (202) 245–7338 or by e-mail: CFR 72.3 as ‘‘low-level radioactive waste that exceeds the concentration appforms/appforms.html. If you use a TDD, call the Federal limits of radionuclides established for Note: NIDRR will provide information by Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1–800– Class C waste in [10 CFR 61.55].’’ GTCC letter to grantees on how and when to submit 877–8339. LLW is generated by NRC or Agreement the report. VIII. Other Information State-licensed activities (hereafter referred to as NRC-licensed activities). 4. Performance Measures: To evaluate Alternative Format: Individuals with DOE proposes to evaluate alternatives the overall success of its research disabilities can obtain this document for GTCC LLW disposal: in a geologic program, NIDRR assesses the quality of and a copy of the application package in repository; in intermediate depth its funded projects through review of an alternative format (e.g., Braille, large boreholes; and in enhanced near surface grantee performance and products. Each print, audiotape, or computer diskette) facilities. Candidate locations for these year, NIDRR examines, through expert by contacting the Grants and Contracts disposal facilities would be: the Idaho review, a portion of its grantees to Services Team, U.S. Department of National Laboratory (INL) in Idaho; the determine: Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) The percentage of newly awarded room 5075, PCP, Washington, DC and Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) NIDRR projects that are conducting at 20202–2550. Telephone: (202) 245– in New Mexico; the Nevada Test Site least one multi-site, collaborative, 7363. If you use a TDD, call the FRS, toll (NTS) and the proposed Yucca controlled trial. free, at 1–800–877–8339. The number of accomplishments (e.g., Mountain repository in Nevada; the Electronic Access to This Document: Savannah River Site (SRS) in South new or improved tools, methods, You may view this document, as well as discoveries, standards, interventions, Carolina; the Oak Ridge Reservation all other documents of this Department (ORR) in Tennessee; and the Hanford programs, or devices) developed or published in the Federal Register, in tested with NIDRR funding that have Site (Hanford) in Washington. DOE will text or Adobe Portable Document also evaluate disposal at generic been judged by expert panels to be of Format (PDF) on the Internet at the high quality and to advance the field. commercial facilities in arid and humid following site: locations. The percentage of grantee research fedregister. and development that has appropriate In addition, DOE proposes to include To use PDF you must have Adobe DOE LLW and transuranic waste having study design, meets rigorous standards Acrobat Reader, which is available free of scientific and/or engineering characteristics similar to GTCC LLW at this site. If you have questions about and which may not have an identified methods, and builds on, and contributes using PDF, call the U.S. Government to, knowledge in the field. path to disposal (hereafter referred to as Printing Office (GPO), toll free, at 1– GTCC-like waste) in the scope of this The average number of publications 888–293–6498; or in the Washington, per award based on NIDRR-funded EIS. DOE’s GTCC-like waste is owned or DC, area at (202) 512–1530. generated by DOE. The use of the term research and development activities in Note: The official version of this document refereed journals. ‘‘GTCC-like’’ does not have the intent or is the document published in the Federal effect of creating a new classification of The percentage of new grants that Register. Free Internet access to the official include studies funded by NIDRR that radioactive waste. edition of the Federal Register and the Code assess the effectiveness of interventions, of Federal Regulations is available on GPO DOE invites public comment on the programs, and devices using rigorous Access at: scope of this EIS during a 60-day public and appropriate methods. index.html. scoping period. During this period, DOE NIDRR uses information submitted by will hold public scoping meetings to Dated: July 18, 2007. provide the public with an opportunity grantees as part of their Annual John H. Hager, to comment on the scope of the EIS and Performance Reports (APRs) for these reviews. Assistant Secretary for Special Education and to learn more about the proposed action Rehabilitative Services. from DOE officials. The Department’s program performance reports, which include [FR Doc. E7–14180 Filed 7–20–07; 8:45 am] DOE issued an Advance Notice of information on NIDRR programs, are BILLING CODE 4000–01–P Intent (ANOI), 70 FR 24775 (May 11, available on the Department’s Web site: 2005), inviting the public to provide preliminary comments on the potential sas/index.html. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY scope of the EIS. This Notice of Intent Updates on the Government (NOI) includes a summary of the public Performance and Results Act of 1993 Notice of Intent To Prepare an comments received on the ANOI. (GPRA) indicators, revisions, and Environmental Impact Statement for DATES: The public scoping period starts methods appear on the NIDRR Program the Disposal of Greater-Than-Class-C with the date of publication of this NOI Review Web site: Low-Level Radioactive Waste in the Federal Register and will contracts/pm/doe_nidrr_tsam.html. AGENCY:Department of Energy. continue until September 21, 2007. DOE Grantees should consult these sites, ACTION:Notice of Intent To Prepare an will consider all comments received or on a regular basis, to obtain details and Environmental Impact Statement. postmarked by September 21, 2007 in explanations on how NIDRR programs defining the scope of this EIS. contribute to the advancement of the SUMMARY: The Department of Energy Comments received or postmarked after Department’s long-term and annual (DOE) announces its intent to prepare that date will be considered to the sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES performance goals. an environmental impact statement extent practicable. (EIS) under the National Environmental Public scoping meetings will be held VII. Agency Contact Policy Act (NEPA) for the disposal of to provide the public with an For Further Information Contact: Greater-Than-Class-C low-level opportunity to present comments on the Lynn Medley, U.S. Department of radioactive waste (GTCC LLW). 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  • 2. 40136 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 140 / Monday, July 23, 2007 / Notices the proposed action from DOE officials. GTCC-like waste (the use of the term for safe disposal of GTCC LLW; submit The locations, dates, and times for the ‘‘GTCC-like’’ does not have the intent or a report to Congress containing an public scoping meetings are listed in the effect of creating a new classification of estimate of the cost and schedule to ‘‘Public Scoping’’ section under radioactive waste). DOE proposes to complete an EIS and record of decision SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. evaluate alternatives for the disposal of (ROD) for a permanent disposal facility ADDRESSES: Written comments on the both GTCC LLW and DOE GTCC-like for GTCC LLW; and prior to making a scope of the GTCC LLW EIS or requests waste in this EIS. final decision on the disposal to speak at one of the public scoping Section 3(b)(1)(D) of the Low-Level alternative or alternatives to be meetings should be sent to: James L. Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments implemented, submit to Congress a Joyce, Document Manager, Office of Act of 1985 (LLRWPAA) assigns the report that describes all alternatives Regulatory Compliance (EM–10), U.S. responsibility for the disposal of GTCC considered in the EIS. In meeting these Department of Energy, 1000 LLW to the Federal Government. The requirements thus far, DOE has named Independence Avenue, SW., LLRWPAA specifies that the GTCC LLW the Office of Environmental Washington, DC 20585–0119. covered under Section 3(b)(1)(D) is to be Management as the lead organization Telephone: (301) 903–2151. Fax: 301– disposed of in a facility licensed and having responsibility to develop GTCC 903–4303. E-mail: determined to be adequate by the NRC. LLW disposal capability and has Written comments on the scope of the DOE is the federal agency responsible submitted a report to Congress dated GTCC LLW EIS and requests to speak at for the disposal of GTCC LLW. This July 2006 on the estimated cost and one of the public scoping meetings can responsibility was described in a 1987 proposed schedule to complete the EIS. also be submitted through the Web site report to Congress, Recommendations for Management of Greater-Than-Class- Types and Estimated Quantities of at GTCC LLW and DOE GTCC-like Waste C Low-Level Waste (DOE/NE–0077), FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To U.S. Department of Energy, February GTCC LLW may generally be request further information about the categorized into the following three 1987. The report can be obtained by EIS, the public scoping meetings, or to types: sealed sources, activated metals, contacting the Document Manager listed be placed on the EIS distribution list, and other miscellaneous waste (e.g., under ADDRESSES above or from the Web use any of the methods (fax, telephone, contaminated equipment). Sealed site at e-mail, or Web site) listed under The September 11, 2001, attacks and sources are typically small, high-activity ADDRESSES above. For general subsequent threats have heightened radioactive materials encapsulated in information concerning the DOE NEPA concerns that terrorists could gain closed metal containers. They are used process, contact: Carol Borgstrom, possession of radiological sealed for a variety of purposes including Director, Office of NEPA Policy and sources, including GTCC LLW sealed irradiating food and medical products Compliance (GC–20), U.S. Department sources, and use them for malevolent for sterilization, detecting flaws and of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, purposes. Since 2003, the Government failures in pipelines and metal welds, SW., Washington, DC 20585–0119. Accountability Office (GAO) has issued calculating moisture content in soil and Telephone: 202–586–4600, or leave a three reports on matters related to the other materials, and assisting in the message at 1–800–472–2756. security of uncontrolled sealed sources, diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. Fax: 202–586–7031. including the Department’s progress in Activated metal wastes are primarily This NOI will be available on the generated in nuclear reactors during developing a GTCC LLW disposal internet at facility modifications and facility.1 In addition, the Energy Policy Additional information on the GTCC decommissioning. There are 104 Act of 2005 contains several provisions LLW EIS can be found at http:// operating commercial reactors in the (e.g., sections 631, 651, and 957) United States and an additional 18 that directed at improving the control of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sealed sources, including disposal have been closed or decommissioned. availability. The activated metals consist of internal Background Because of its technical expertise in nuclear components that have become GTCC LLW is defined by NRC in 10 radiation protection, the U.S. radioactive from neutron absorption. CFR 72.3 as ‘‘low-level radioactive Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) These components include portions of waste that exceeds the concentration will participate as a cooperating agency the reactor vessel and other stainless limits of radionuclides established for in the preparation of this EIS. NRC will steel components near the fuel Class C waste in 10 CFR 61.55.’’ In 10 be a commenting agency. assemblies. CFR 61.55, the NRC defines classes of Other miscellaneous waste includes LLW as A, B and C by the concentration Energy Policy Act of 2005 Reporting all GTCC LLW that is not activated of specific short- and long-lived Requirements metals or sealed sources. This waste radionuclides, with Class C LLW having Section 631 of the Energy Policy Act includes contaminated equipment, the highest radionuclide concentration of 2005 requires the Secretary of Energy debris, trash, scrap metal and limits. Consistent with NRC’s and DOE’s to: provide Congress with notification of decontamination and decommissioning authorities under the Atomic Energy Act the DOE office with responsibility for waste from miscellaneous industrial of 1954 (as amended), the NRC LLW completing activities needed to provide activities, such as the manufacture of radioactive waste classification system sealed sources and laboratory research. does not apply to radioactive wastes 1 These GAO reports are entitled Nuclear DOE GTCC-like waste includes some generated or owned by DOE and Security: Federal and State Action Needed to sealed sources owned or generated by Improve Security of Sealed Radiological Sources, disposed of at DOE facilities. However, GAO–03804 (August 6, 2004); Nuclear DOE activities; activated metals DOE owns and generates LLW and including reflector materials from sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Nonproliferation: DOE Action Needed to Ensure transuranic radioactive waste with Continued Recovery of Unwanted Radioactive research reactors as well as other characteristics similar to GTCC LLW Sources, GAO–03–438 (April 15, 2003); and miscellaneous waste owned by DOE or Nuclear Security: DOE Needs Better Information to and that may not have a path to Guide Its Expanded Recovery of Sealed Sources, generated by DOE activities that has disposal. For the purposes of this EIS, GAO–05–967 (September 2005). These reports can characteristics similar to GTCC LLW DOE is referring to this DOE waste as be found at and may not have a path to disposal. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Jul 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1
  • 3. Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 140 / Monday, July 23, 2007 / Notices 40137 Most of the DOE GTCC-like waste cubic meters of GTCC-like waste. A report entitled Greater-Than-Class C consists of transuranic waste 2 (a DOE small percentage of this waste is mixed Low-Level Radioactive Waste waste category) that may have waste (i.e., radioactive waste that Characterization: Estimated Volumes, originated from non-defense activities contains a hazardous component subject Radionuclides, Activities, and Other and therefore may not be authorized for to the Resource Conservation and Characteristics, DOE/LLW–114, disposal at WIPP under the Waste Recovery Act). Table 1 shows estimated Revision 1 (Sept. 1994), which served as Isolation Pilot Plant Land Withdrawal quantities of GTCC LLW and GTCC-like the basis for inventories in the ANOI. Act of 1992 and has no other currently waste that DOE proposes to analyze and Copies of both reports are available by identified path to disposal. is based on the report entitled Greater- contacting the Document Manager listed DOE estimates a total inventory Than-Class C Low-Level Radioactive under ADDRESSES above or at http:// (existing and projected to be generated) Waste Inventory Estimates, (DOE, July of approximately 2,600 cubic meters of 2007). This report updates the 1993 GTCC LLW and approximately 3,000 inventory estimates contained in the TABLE 1.—INVENTORY SUMMARY OF ESTIMATED QUANTITIES OF GTCC LLW AND DOE GTCC-LIKE WASTE a Total stored and projected Volume in Waste type In storage Projected Activityb Activity b cubic me- Volume m3 ters MCi MCi (m3) GTCC LLW: Activated metal ......................................................... 58 3.5 810 110 870 110 Sealed sources ......................................................... (c) (c) 1,700 2.4 1,700 2.4 Other d ....................................................................... 76 0.0076 1.0 0.00023 77 0.0078 Total GTCC LLW ............................................... 130 3.5 2,500 110 2,600 110 DOE GTCC-like waste: Activated metal ......................................................... 5.0 0.11 29 0.82 34 0.93 Sealed sources ......................................................... 8.7 0.013 25 0.030 34 0.043 Other d ....................................................................... 860 11 2,000 19 2,900 30 Total DOE GTCC-like waste ............................. 870 11 2,100 20 3,000 31 Total GTCC and GTCC-like waste ............ 1,000 15 4,600 130 5,600 140 a Values have been rounded to two significant figures. b Radioactivity values are in millions of curies (MCi). c There are sealed sources currently possessed by NRC licensees that may become GTCC LLW when no longer needed by the licensee. The estimated volume and activity of those sources are included in the projected inventory, notwithstanding the lack of information on the current sta- tus of the sources (e.g., in use, waste, etc.). d Other GTCC LLW and DOE GTCC-like waste includes contaminated equipment, debris, trash, scrap metal and decontamination and decom- missioning waste. Purpose and Need for Action at the end of each facility’s operational CFR 61.55(a)(2)(iv). Although NRC As shown in Table 1, NRC and life. Based on the EIS analysis, DOE regulations state that GTCC LLW is Agreement State licensees have expects to make a decision on the generally not acceptable for near generated and continue to generate method(s) and location(s) for disposing surface-disposal, the NRC recognizes in GTCC LLW for which there is no of GTCC LLW and DOE GTCC-like 10 CFR 61.7(b)(5) that ‘‘there may be permitted disposal facility. DOE is waste. A combination of disposal some instances where waste with responsible for the safe and secure methods and locations may be concentrations greater than permitted disposal of GTCC LLW covered under appropriate based on the characteristics for Class C waste would be acceptable Section 3(b)(1)(D) of the LLRWPAA, of the waste and other factors. for near-surface disposal with special including determining how and where processing or design.’’ Therefore, the Alternatives Proposed for Evaluation to dispose of these wastes. In addition, disposal methods DOE proposes to DOE owns or generates certain LLW and The GTCC EIS will evaluate the range evaluate in the EIS include deep transuranic wastes with characteristics of reasonable alternatives for the geologic repository disposal, similar to GTCC LLW that also may not disposal of GTCC LLW and GTCC-like intermediate depth borehole disposal, have an identified path to disposal. waste, together with a no action and enhanced near-surface disposal. alternative. The NRC regulations at 10 For deep geologic disposal, DOE Proposed Action CFR 61.55(a)(2)(iv) define GTCC LLW as intends to analyze disposal at Yucca DOE proposes to construct and that waste which would require Mountain in Nevada, a proposed operate a new facility or facilities, or use disposal in a geologic repository as geologic repository to be licensed under an existing facility, for the disposal of defined in 10 CFR Part 60 or 63, unless 10 CFR Part 63. DOE will also evaluate GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste. DOE proposals for an alternative method of deep geologic repository disposal at sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES would then close the facility or facilities disposal are approved by NRC under 10 WIPP in New Mexico. Identification of 2 Transuranic waste is radioactive waste High-level waste; (2) waste that the Secretary of regulations; or (3) waste that the NRC has approved containing more than 100 nanocuries of alpha- Energy has determined, with the concurrence of the for disposal on a case-by-case basis in accordance emitting transuranic isotopes per gram of waste, Administrator of EPA, does not need the degree of with 10 CFR Part 61. PAGE with half-lives greater than 20 years, except for: (1) isolation required by the 40 CFR Part 191 disposal VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Jul 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1
  • 4. 40138 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 140 / Monday, July 23, 2007 / Notices the proposed Yucca Mountain into account the characteristics of the below in the process of considering the repository for analysis in the EIS is waste types and other considerations potential impacts of the proposed based on the 10 CFR 61.55 regulations, (e.g., waste volumes, physical and disposal alternatives. which identify disposal in a geologic radiological characteristics, and • Potential impacts on air, noise, repository licensed under 10 CFR Part generation rates). For example, GTCC surface water and groundwater. 60 or 63 as an acceptable method for the LLW containing transuranic • Potential impacts from the disposal of GTCC LLW. Identification of radionuclides with longer half-lives may shipment of GTCC LLW and GTCC-like WIPP is based on its characteristics as require greater isolation or other special waste to the disposal site(s). a geologic repository, although not measures to protect against potential • Potential impacts from postulated subject to NRC licensing as a geologic inadvertent human intrusion, whereas accidents. repository under 10 CFR Parts 60 or 63. GTCC LLW containing radionuclides • Potential impacts on human health, DOE does not plan to evaluate an with shorter half-lives may require less including impacts to involved and non- additional deep geologic repository extensive measures. DOE will also involved site workers and members of facility because siting of another deep consider volumes and time periods the public. geologic repository facility for GTCC when wastes would be generated and • Potential impacts to historical and LLW and GTCC-like waste is require disposal. cultural artifacts or sites of historical impractical due to the cost, time, and In the GTCC LLW EIS, DOE will and cultural significance. the relatively small volume of GTCC describe the statutory and regulatory • Potential disproportionately high LLW and GTCC-like waste. requirements for each disposal and adverse effects on low income and DOE also intends to evaluate disposal alternative and whether legislation or minority populations (environmental of GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste in regulatory modifications may be needed justice). a new intermediate depth borehole to implement the alternative under • Potential Native American facility and enhanced-near surface consideration. In summary, DOE concerns. facility at existing DOE sites and generic proposes to evaluate the alternatives • Short-term and long-term land use commercial locations. The DOE sites listed below: impacts. considered for analysis include INL in Alternative 1: No Action—under this • Long-term site suitability, including Idaho, LANL in New Mexico, WIPP alternative, current and future GTCC erosion and seismicity. vicinity (either within the WIPP Land LLW and GTCC-like waste would be • Potential impacts to endangered Withdrawal perimeter that is under the stored at designated locations consistent species. jurisdiction of DOE, or on government with ongoing practices, such as storage • Intentional destructive acts. property in the vicinity of WIPP), NTS of GTCC LLW activated metals at • Compliance with applicable federal, in Nevada, SRS in South Carolina, ORR nuclear utilities; state, and local requirements. in Tennessee, and Hanford in Alternative 2: Disposal in a Geologic • Irretrievable and irreversible Washington. Identification of these sites Repository at WIPP—under this commitment of resources. for potential analysis is based on alternative, DOE would dispose of • Cumulative impacts from past, mission compatibility (these DOE sites GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste at present and reasonably foreseeable currently have waste disposal WIPP; actions. operations as part of their mission) and Alternative 3: Disposal in a Geologic This list is not intended to be physical characteristics of the sites such Repository at Yucca Mountain—under inclusive, and we invite interested as hydrogeology and topography. this alternative, DOE would dispose of parties to suggest other issues to be In addition, DOE intends to evaluate GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste at the considered, including aspects of the a generic enhanced near surface and proposed Yucca Mountain Repository; waste inventories presented in Table 1. intermediate depth borehole Alternative 4: Disposal at a New Summary of Public Comments on the commercial disposal facility under both Enhanced Near-Surface Facility—under Advance Notice of Intent arid and humid conditions in the EIS. this alternative, DOE would dispose of In a Request for Information in the GTCC LLW or GTCC-like waste at a new In 2005, DOE issued an ANOI, 70 Fed. FedBizOpps on July 1, 2005, DOE enhanced near-surface facility at INL, Reg. 24775 (May 11, 2005), inviting the solicited technical capability statements LANL, WIPP vicinity, NTS, SRS, ORR, public to provide preliminary comments from commercial vendors that may be and Hanford, or a commercial facility on the potential scope of the EIS. DOE interested in constructing and operating should such a facility be identified in received comments on the ANOI from: a GTCC waste disposal facility. the future; the states of Nevada, Oregon and Although several commercial vendors Alternative 5: Disposal at a New Washington; the Sacramento Municipal expressed an interest, no vendors have Intermediate Depth Borehole Facility— Utility District; the New England provided specific information on under this alternative, DOE would Coalition; the Sierra Club; the Nuclear disposal locations and methods for dispose of GTCC LLW or GTCC-like Energy Institute; and the Savannah analysis in the EIS. Including a generic waste at a new intermediate depth River Site Citizens Advisory Board. The commercial facility in the EIS would borehole facility at INL, LANL, WIPP major scoping issues identified in the allow DOE to make a programmatic vicinity, NTS, SRS, ORR and Hanford, comments are summarized below, along determination regarding disposal of or a commercial facility should such a with DOE’s response. GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste in facility be identified in the future. • EIS General Scope: Commenters such a facility. Should one or more questioned the need for the EIS, commercial facilities be identified at a Identification of Environmental Issues assuming that GTCC LLW would be later time, DOE would conduct further DOE proposes to evaluate disposal disposed of in the proposed Yucca NEPA review, as appropriate. technologies at various DOE and generic Mountain repository for spent nuclear sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES DOE intends to evaluate each of the commercial locations for the fuel and high-level waste. Some GTCC waste types (i.e., sealed sources, construction, operation, and closure of a commenters favored the inclusion of activated metals, and other waste) facility or facilities for the disposal of DOE’s GTCC-like waste along with individually and in combination for GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste. DOE GTCC LLW generated from NRC- each of the disposal alternatives, taking proposes to address the issues listed licensed activities in the EIS, while VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Jul 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1
  • 5. Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 140 / Monday, July 23, 2007 / Notices 40139 other commenters recommended inventory data that may become Brookside Avenue, North Augusta, restricting the scope of the EIS to GTCC available during preparation of the EIS. South Carolina, Thursday, August 23, 6 LLW analyzed in the Yucca Mountain • Resource Areas Proposed for p.m.–9 p.m. EIS (DOE/EIS–0250, February 2002) or Analysis: Commenters suggested a • Troutdale, Oregon: Comfort Inn & to waste generated from NRC-licensed number of subjects that DOE should Suites-Columbia Gorge West, 477 NW activities. Still other commenters include in the EIS impact analyses. Phoenix Drive, Troutdale, Oregon, questioned the basis for projecting the Response: DOE’s list of subjects Monday, August 27, 2007, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. GTCC LLW volume to 2035 and 2055. proposed for evaluation in the EIS • Pasco, Washington: Red Lion Hotel, Response: GTCC waste is LLW, not under ‘‘Identification of Environmental Gold Room, 2525 N 20th Avenue, Pasco, high-level waste or spent nuclear fuel; Issues’’ in this NOI responds to those Washington, Tuesday, August 28, 2007, nevertheless, DOE has identified the comments. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. proposed Yucca Mountain repository as • Concentration Averaging: • Idaho Falls, Idaho: Red Lion Hotel one of the sites to be analyzed in the EIS Commenters raised questions about On The Falls, Yellowstone/Teton for GTCC LLW as a disposal alternative, DOE’s potential use of ‘‘concentration Rooms, 475 River Parkway, Idaho Falls, as well as other appropriate sites, in averaging’’ in which, for example, the Idaho, Thursday, August 30, 2007, 6 accordance with 10 CFR Part 61. Under activity of one component is averaged p.m.–9 p.m. the LLRWPAA, DOE is responsible for over the volume or mass of waste to • Las Vegas, Nevada: Atomic Testing disposing of this waste, and because identify applicable waste classification Museum, 755 E. Flamingo Road (Just such disposal would be a major federal standards. East of Paradise Road), Las Vegas, action, DOE is required by the Council Response: For the purposes of Nevada, Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 6 on Environmental Quality regulations analysis in the EIS, DOE would use p.m.–9 p.m. that implement NEPA to complete an guidance in the Branch Technical • Washington DC: Hotel Washington, EIS analyzing the range of reasonable Position on Concentration Averaging Washington Room, 15th and alternatives for this action. The Energy and Encapsulation, U.S. Nuclear Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Policy Act of 2005 also requires DOE to Regulatory Commission, Washington Washington, DC, Monday, September take actions related to the preparation of DC, January 1995, to determine when 10, 1 p.m.–5 p.m. an EIS for GTCC LLW. DOE plans to LLW is greater than Class C as defined During the first hour of each scoping include its GTCC-like waste that may at according to 10 CFR Part 61. meeting, DOE officials will be available have no path to disposal, as well as • Regulatory Requirements: A for informal discussions with attendees. waste generated from NRC or Agreement number of commenters discussed the During the formal part of the meeting, State licensed activities, and to identify need to address compliance with the public will have the opportunity to where economies of scale may be regulatory and other legal requirements provide comments orally or in writing. achieved in using the same disposal in the EIS. The presiding officer will establish methods and locations. Response: The EIS would describe procedures to ensure that everyone who applicable regulatory and other legal wishes to speak has a chance to do so. DOE has identified the estimated requirements and consider the extent to Both oral and written comments will be GTCC LLW and GTCC-like waste which the alternatives analyzed meet considered and given equal weight. volumes based on the best available those requirements. Issued in Washington, DC on July 17, 2007. data. DOE has changed the projections to 2035 and 2062 to include the 20-year Public Scoping James A. Rispoli, license renewal that commercial Interested parties are invited to Assistant Secretary for Environmental reactors may receive plus an additional participate in the public scoping process Management. 6-year ‘‘cooling period’’ before to provide their comments on the [FR Doc. E7–14139 Filed 7–20–07; 8:45 am] commencing reactor decommissioning proposed disposal alternatives for BILLING CODE 6450–01–P activities. Thus GTCC LLW and GTCC- analysis in the EIS and the like waste estimates are projected environmental issues to be analyzed. through 2035, except for GTCC LLW The scoping process is intended to DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY activated metals estimates, which are involve all interested agencies (federal, projected through 2062, based on Office of Civilian Radioactive Waste state, county, and local), public interest Management; Safe Routine anticipated nuclear reactor groups, Native American tribes, decommissioning schedules. Transportation and Emergency businesses, and members of the public. Response Training; Technical • Waste Disposal Alternatives: Public scoping meetings will be held at Commenters stated that DOE should Assistance and Funding the following locations and times: identify its criteria for including sites • Carlsbad, New Mexico: Pecos River AGENCY: Department of Energy. considered in the EIS as potential Village Conference Center, Carousel ACTION: Notice of revised proposed disposal locations and criteria for House, 711 Muscatel Avenue, Carlsbad, policy and request for comments. selecting the technologies and disposal New Mexico, Monday, August 13, 2007, methods to be evaluated. 6 p.m.–9 p.m. SUMMARY: The Department of Energy Response: DOE has identified its basis • Los Alamos, New Mexico: Hilltop (DOE) is publishing this notice of for the disposal locations and disposal House Best Western, La Vista Room, 400 revised proposed policy to set forth its methods proposed for analysis in the Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, New Mexico, revised plans for implementing Section EIS under ‘‘Alternatives Proposed for Tuesday, August 14, 2007, 6 p.m.–9 180(c) of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act Evaluation’’ in this Notice. p.m. of 1982 (the NWPA). Under Section • Waste Inventories: Commenters • Oak Ridge, Tennessee: DOE Oak 180(c) of the NWPA, DOE shall provide sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES stated that the inventory data provided Ridge Information Center, 475 Oak technical and financial assistance for in the ANOI should be updated. Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, training of local public safety officials to Response: DOE has updated the Wednesday, August 22, 6 p.m.—9 p.m. States and Indian Tribes through whose inventory data as shown in Table 1. • North Augusta, South Carolina: jurisdictions the DOE plans to transport DOE will incorporate other appropriate North Augusta Community Center, 495 spent nuclear fuel or high-level VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:09 Jul 20, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:FRFM23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1