United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Standard Review Plan for the Review of a Reclamation Plan for Mill Tailings Sites Under Title II of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (NUREG-1620, Revision 1)

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Manuscript Completed: June 2003
Date Published:
June 2003

Prepared by:
J. Lusher, NRC Project Manager

Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001

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Abstract

A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission source and byproduct materials license is required by 10 CFR Part 40 for the operation of uranium mills and the disposal of “tailings,” wastes produced by the extraction or concentration of source material from ores processed primarily for their source material content. Appendix A to Part 40 establishes technical and other criteria relating to siting, operation, decontamination, decommissioning, and reclamation of mills and of tailings at mill sites. The licensee's site reclamation plan documents how the proposed activities demonstrate compliance with the criteria in Appendix A to Part 40 and the information needed to prepare the environmental assessment on the effects of the proposed reclamation activities on the health and safety of the public and on the environment.

This standard review plan is prepared for the guidance of staff reviewers in the Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards in performing safety and environmental reviews of reclamation plans for uranium mill tailings sites covered by Title II of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 as amended. It provides guidance for new reclamation plans, license renewals, and license amendments. The principal purpose of this standard review plan is to ensure the quality and uniformity of staff reviews and to present a well-defined base from which to evaluate changes in the scope and requirements of a review.

This standard review plan is written to cover a variety of site conditions and reclamation plans. Each section contains a description of the areas of review, review procedures, acceptance criteria, and evaluation findings. Revision 1 also incorporates information to address new Commission policy on several issues related to uranium recovery.

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