nrc seal Weekly Information Report

For the Week Ending December 31, 1999

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The Weekly Information Report is compiled by the NRC Office of the Executive Director for Operations and includes highlights of Headquarters and Regional Office activities. For technical questions, please contact S. Peterson, OEDO by E-mail: srp@nrc.gov. For administrative questions, please contact Patricia Anderson at (301) 415-1703, or by E-mail: paa@nrc.gov. If you would like to request a hard copy, you may contact the NRC Public Document Room at (202) 634-3273, or by E-mail: pdr@nrc.gov.


Contents


The following offices had No information for this issue:


Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards

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Atlas License Transferred to Moab Mill Reclamation Trust

On December 27, 1999, an Order transferring source material license SUA-917 from Atlas Corporation to the Moab Mill Reclamation Trust was signed. The Order transfers the license to the Trust, and orders the Trust and the Trustee (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) to perform reclamation of the uranium mill tailings site in accordance with the terms and conditions of the license. The terms and conditions of the license include reasonable and prudent alternatives and reasonable and prudent measures in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's final biological opinion, as well as mitigative measures developed by Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff. The Order was effective December 30, 1999, and will be published in the Federal Register.

First Annual Report to the President and Congress Regarding Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction

The Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, chaired by the Governor of Virginia, submitted its first report, "Assessing the Threat," dated December 15, 1999, to the President and Congress. The report notes that: (1) more attention should be paid to the assessment of higher probability/lower-consequence threats (but not at the expense of preparing for lower probability/higher-consequence threats); (2) the concept of a National Domestic Preparedness Office is fundamentally sound, given the complex nature of current federal agencies and programs for countering terrorism that makes it difficult for state and local authorities to obtain federal support; (3) terms such as "weapons of mass destruction" and "mass casualties" need to be revised and codified; and importantly (4) despite improvements, too much ambiguity remains about the issue of "who's in charge" if an incident occurs and efforts need to be accelerated to develop and test agreed-upon templates for command and control under a wide variety of terrorist threat scenarios. Earlier, the Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards staff briefed the Advisory Panel and commented on a draft of the report.

Proposed Rule Signed by EDO

On December 27, 1999, the Executive Director for Operations approved a proposed rule which amends 10 CFR 72.214, "List of approved spent fuel storage casks," adding the NAC UMS Universal Storage System to the list of approved spent fuel storage casks. This amendment would allow the holders of power reactor operating licenses to store spent fuel in the approved casks under a general license.

This notice informs the Commission that, in accordance with the rulemaking authority delegated to the EDO, the EDO has signed this proposed rule and proposes to forward it to the Office of the Federal Register for publication.


Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research

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Research Effectiveness Review Board

The Research Effectiveness Review Board (RERB) was established in response to Commission direction to advise the Office Directors of RES, NRR, and NMSS on the effectiveness of research programs in Meeting the needs of the users and the effectiveness of the program offices in supporting and in articulating their needs and priorities to RES. The RERB, which is chaired by RES, has been reconstituted at the level of Deputy and Associate Office Director to improve its efficiency and effectiveness. The RERB met on December 21, 1999, and adopted a change in its approach to reviews to ensure an enhanced focus on coordination between RES and user offices.

During FY 2000, the RERB will review the process involved in two user needs for research, one from NRR and one from NMSS. The review will consider in detail the information from a "vertical slice" approach that begins with defining the need for research and preparing a user need document. The end point of the review will be the use of the research products in regulatory practice. Associated anticipatory research will also be considered. As indicated in SECY-97-224, "Creation of a Research Effectiveness Review Board," a report to the Commission on the advisability of continuing the Board will be prepared at the end of FY 2000.


Incident Response Operations

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PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATIONS:

1. PNO-II-99-050A, Fairfax County Government, FIXED GAUGE DAMAGED IN A FIRE

2. PNO-II-99-051, Westvaco Corporation, POSSIBLE OVEREXPOSURE OF NON-RADIATION WORKERS

3. PNO-III-99-055, Syncor Corp., FATAL ACCIDENT INVOLVING RADIOPHARMACEUTICAL SHIPMENTS


Chief Information Officer

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Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Requests received during the 5-Day Period of December 24, 1999 through December 30, 1999:

Private Fuel Storage, LLC (PFS), application related documents re nuclear waste storage on the Skull Valley Band of Goshutes Reservation. (FOIA/PA 2000-0087)


Office of Human Resources

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Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) Dollar Goal Surpassed

As of December 23, 1999, the NRC received CFC donations of more than $313,000. This surpassed our agency's dollar goal of $292,000. As a result of these contributions, the NRC qualifies to receive the Pacesetter Award, which is given to agencies that achieve at least a 2.8% increase over last year's donations. The NRC increased its contributions by 3.5% over last year's total. All the office coordinators and keyworkers should be applauded for their hard work throughout the campaign.

Arrivals
ALLOWAY-MUELLER, Pamela PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER RIII
RINI, Brett TECHNICAL INTERN NRR
Retirements
BACHMANN, Richard ATTORNEY OGC
BRANCH, Morris REACTOR OPERATIONS ENG. NRR
BYKOSKI, Louis PROJECT MANAGER NMSS
CHEH, Unte REACTOR SYSTEMS ENGINEER RES
CLEAVER, Lyle BINDERY WORKER/COPY MACHINE OPERATOR OCIO
COPLAN, Seth SR. PROJECT MANAGER NMSS
EISS, Abraham SR. TECHNICAL PROJECT MGR. NMSS
EUBANKS, Fred SPACE MANAGEMENT SPEC. ADM
EWALD, Glen OFFICE SERVICES CLERK RIV
FAIRTILE, Morton SR. PROJECT MANAGER NRR
FRAHM, Ronald SR. REACTOR ENGINEER NRR
GALLO, Robert CHIEF, OPERATOR LICENSING, HUMAN PERF. & PLANT SUPPORT BRANCH NRR
GASKIN, Charles SR. SAFEGUARDS PROJ. MGR. NMSS
HOOD, Mary LICENSING ASSISTANT NMSS
KIME, Camille BUILDING MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST ADM
Retirements (Continued)
KLEINSORGE, William SR. REACTOR INSPECTOR RII
KUDRICK, John SR. REACTOR ENGINEER NRR
LEE, Jean SR. ALLEGATIONS COORDINATOR NRR
LEWIS, Deloris SECRETARY (OA) OI
LUNDY, James SPECIAL ASST. FOR FACILITIES ADM
POWELL, Russell BRANCH CHIEF OCIO
RADDEN, Ira CIVIL RIGHTS SPECIALIST SBCR
SANDERS, Rayleona TECHNICAL WRITER-EDITOR OCIO
SCHULTZE, Teresa Congressional RESEARCH ASSISTANT OCA
SKINNER, Pierce BRANCH CHIEF RII
SPRAUL, John SR. QUALITY ASSURANCE ENG. NMSS
SURMEIER, John CHIEF, URANIUM RECOVER & LOW LEVEL WASTE BRANCH NMSS
THONUS, Lee PROJECT MANAGER NRR
YANIV, Shlomo SR. TECHNICAL ADVISOR RES
Departures
STEWART, Belinda SECRETARY (OA) RIV

Office of Public Affairs

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Media Interest

There was media interest in the NRC's plans for Y2K and nuclear power plant readiness.

During the New Year's Eve transition, there were media inquiries and interviews regarding minor events at various nuclear power plants that were not related to Y2K.

Press Releases
Headquarters:
99-272 NRC Seeks Public Comments on Trojan License Termination Plan
00-1 All Nuclear Facilities in Eastern United States Transition Safely Through the Y2K Rollover
00-2 All Nuclear Facilities in the Midwest Transition Safely Through the Y2K Rollover
00-3 All Nuclear Facilities in Mountain Time Zone Transition Safely Through the Y2K Rollover
00-4 All Nuclear Facilities in the United States Transition Safety Through Y2K Rollover
Regions:
I-99-105 NRC Region I to Monitor Northeast Plants During Y2K Transition
I-99-106 NRC, Utility to Discuss Yankee Rowe Decommissioning Work
I-99-107 NRC to Hold "Roundtable Discussion" at Public Meeting in Oswego, NY, on New Reactor Oversight Program
II-99-57 NRC Staff Schedules Enforcement Conference With West Virginia University on January 7
II-99-58 NRC Region II to Monitor Nuclear Plants in the Southeast During Y2K Transition

Office of the Secretary

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Document Released

to Public

Date Subject
Information Papers
  • SECY-99-285
12/22/99 SECY-99-285 Weekly Information Report - Week Ending December 17, 1999

Commission Correspondence

1. Letter to Congressmen John D. Dingell, Ron Klink, and Edward Markey concerns the release of solid materials containing low levels of radioactive byproduct material (incoming letter dated October 25, 1999, also released).


Region I

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Renewal of the Safety Light Licenses

On December 29, 1999, the Division of Nuclear Materials Safety renewed two licenses for the Safety Light Corporation (SLC), Bloomsburg, PA. This site is listed on the Site Decommissioning Management Plan due to a lack of adequate financial assurance. The licenses were due to expire December 31, 1999, based on an Order Approving Settlement Agreement dated December 28, 1994. This settlement agreement allowed continued operation until December 31, 1999, without adequate financial assurance as the licensee contributed toward an escrow account for site remediation.

SLC requested an exemption from the financial assurance requirements of 10 CFR 30.35. After consultation with the Commission (SECY 99-269), the exemption was granted for the next five years, with specific conditions in the licenses to require SLC to continue payments into the escrow account on an increasing Schedule, to prepare a decommissioning plan and cost estimate for the tritium part of the license, and to provide the staff a Schedule and plan for continued site remediation, including any revised cost estimates, by June 30, 2000.


Region II

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Region II Participation in Y2K Transition Monitoring

The Regional Administrator and several Region II managers and staff participated in the NRC efforts to monitor licensee transitions into the year 2000. The Region manned its incident response center on December 31, 1999 through 6:00 a.m. on January 1, 2000. The NRC resident inspectors at the power reactor plants and the two high enriched fuel facilities reported to the sites during this period. Participation involved communication with the NRC headquarters operations center, the other three regional response centers and the NRC spokespersons in the White House monitoring center and joint public information center. All Region II reactor power plants and fuel facilities successfully made the transition with No Y2K problems that affected plant operations.

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