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Demolition debris from Consumers Power Big Rock
Nuclear Plant to go to ordinary Michigan landfill....


[Federal Register: December 7, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 236)]
[Notices]
[Page 63567-63568]
 >From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr07de01-67]

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NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. 50-155]


Consumers Energy Company; Big Rock Point Plant; Environmental
Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact

     The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is considering
approval of a request to dispose of demolition debris in accordance
with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) section
20.2002 for Facility Operating License No. DPR-6, issued to Consumers
Energy Company, (the licensee), for the possession of the Big Rock
Point (BRP) Plant, located in Charlevoix County, Michigan. Therefore,
as required by 10 CFR 51.21, the NRC is issuing this environmental
assessment and finding of no significant impact.

Environmental Assessment

Identification of the Proposed Action

     The proposed action would approve the disposal of BRP Plant
demolition debris that could contain trace quantities of licensed
materials in a State of Michigan landfill. The debris would consist of
flooring materials, concrete, rebar, roofing materials, structural
steel, soils associated with digging up foundations, and concrete and/
or asphalt pavement or other similar solid materials originating from
decommissioning activities. A radiological survey process would be used
to determine if the debris is acceptable for landfill disposal. The
request for approval is submitted pursuant to 10 CFR 20.2002 due to the
potential presence of licensed material in the debris.
     The proposed action is in accordance with the licensee's
application requesting approval dated March 14, 2001, as supplemented
by letters dated May 18 and June 20, 2001.

The Need for the Proposed Action

     The proposed action is needed to dispose of demolition debris that
may contain trace quantities of licensed material in a State of
Michigan landfill prior to license termination as opposed to (1)
terminating the license with the material remaining onsite (either with
structures intact or demolished) in accordance with 10 CFR 20, subpart
E, or (2) handling the debris as low level radioactive waste and
shipping it to a low level waste facility. As stated in the proposal,
the licensee does not intend to make this submittal for intentional
disposal of radioactive waste, but recognizes that a potential exists
for trace quantities of licensed material to be present at levels below
instrument detection capabilities. Disposal of the demolition debris in
the manner proposed is protective of public health and safety, is
consistent with as low as reasonably achievable, and is the most cost-
effective alternative.

Environmental Impacts of the Proposed

     The NRC has completed its evaluation of the proposed action and
concludes that the environmental impacts of processing the total waste
projected for BRP (635,100 cubic feet), which includes the 563,000
cubic feet of demolition debris proposed to be sent to a State of
Michigan landfill, are bounded by the NUREG-0586, ``Final Generic
Environmental Impact Statement on Decommissioning of Nuclear
Facilities,'' (GEIS) evaluation of 18,975 cubic meters (670,096 cubic
feet) of waste disposal for a generic boiling water reactor. Adherence
to the radiological survey process would ensure that the potential
radiological dose posed by the demolition debris to a transport worker,
a landfill worker, or a member of the public is conservatively
estimated at a maximum of 1.0 millirem/year.
     The proposed action will not significantly increase the probability
or consequences of accidents, no changes are being made in the types of
any effluents that may be released off site, and there is no
significant increase in occupational or public radiation exposure.
Therefore, there are no significant radiological environmental impacts
associated with the proposed action.
     With regard to potential nonradiological impacts, the proposed
action does not involve any historic sites. It does not affect
nonradiological plant effluents and has no other environmental impact.
Therefore, there are no significant nonradiological environmental
impacts associated with the proposed action.
     Accordingly, the NRC concludes that there are no significant
environmental impacts associated with the proposed action.

Environmental Impacts of the Alternatives to the Proposed Action

     As an alternative to the proposed action, the staff considered
denial of the proposed action (i.e., the ``no-action'' alternative).
Denial of the application would result in (1) terminating the license
for unrestricted use in accordance with 10 CFR part 20, subpart E, with
the demolition debris remaining onsite (either with structures intact
or demolished), or (2) handling the debris as low level radioactive
waste and shipping it to a low level waste facility. The environmental
impacts of the proposed action and the alternative action are similar.

Alternative Use of Resources

     This action does not involve the use of any resources not
previously considered in BRP's Environmental Report for
Decommissioning, dated February 27, 1995, or in the GEIS.

Agencies and Persons Consulted

     On May 22, 2001, the staff consulted with the Michigan State
official, Mr. David W. Minnaar of the Michigan Department of
Environmental Quality, Drinking Water and Radiological Protection
Division, regarding the environmental impact of the proposed action.
The State official had no comments.

Finding of No Significant Impact

     On the basis of the environmental assessment, the NRC concludes
that the proposed action will not have a significant effect on the
quality of the human environment. Accordingly, the NRC has determined
not to prepare an environmental impact statement for the proposed
action.
     For further details with respect to the proposed action, see the
licensee's letter dated March 14, 2001, as supplemented by letters
dated May 18 and June 20, 2001. Documents may be examined, and/or
copied for a fee, at the NRC's Public Document Room (PDR), located at
One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike (first floor), Rockville,
Maryland. Publicly available records will be accessible electronically
from the Agencywide Documents Access and Management System's (ADAMS)
Public

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Library component on the NRC Web site, <A 
HREF="http://www.nrc.gov";>http://www.nrc.gov</A> (the Public
Electronic Reading Room). Persons who do not have access to ADAMS or
who encounter problems in accessing the documents located in ADAMS
should contact the NRC PDR Reference staff by telephone at 1-800-397-
4209, or 301-415-4737, or by e-mail at <A 
HREF="mailto:pdr@nrc.gov";>pdr@nrc.gov</A>.

     For the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

     Dated at Rockville, Maryland, this 3rd day of December, 2001.
David J. Wrona,
Project Manager, Section 1, Project Directorate IV, Division of
Licensing Project Management, Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation.
[FR Doc. 01-30344 Filed 12-6-01; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7590-01-P


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