United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Uranerz Jane Dough Documents Pertaining to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and Solicitation of Public Comments

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has received an application from Uranerz Energy Corporation (Uranerz) to amend its NRC source materials license SUA-1597. This application requests authorization for Uranerz to construct and operate an in-situ uranium recovery (ISR) activities at the proposed Jane Dough unit in Campbell County and Johnson County, Wyoming. The NRC staff is conducting an environmental review in accordance with the Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 51 (10 CFR Part 51), which implements the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA). The NRC staff is also conducting a Section 106 review in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, as amended (NHPA). NRC staff initiated its consultation under Section 106 for the proposed Jane Dough in December 2014. The staff is now providing documents for public consideration and comment consistent with 36 CFR § 800.4(d)(1).

The area of potential effect is defined as the site boundary of the proposed project which consists of 1,620 acres. The NRC staff consulted with interested Native American Tribes to identify historic properties, specifically ones of religious and cultural significance. The NRC staff also reviewed the information provided by Uranerz in its Jane Dough license amendment application. The NRC acknowledges that the Tribes possess special expertise in identifying properties of cultural and religious significance and assessing the significance of these properties to their individual Tribes. The NRC staff invited Tribes to participate in a site visit to gather information on historic properties. Based on the information found in the NRC staff's independent analysis, the NRC staff has preliminarily concluded that there are no sites or areas of historic, cultural, or religious significance to Tribes or other historic properties present in the area of potential effects of the proposed Jane Dough project site. Therefore, the NRC's Section 106 finding at this time is that no historic properties would be affected. The NRC staff has documented its preliminary determination, detailing the Section 106 activities and cultural resources findings, and has included that documentation in the cultural resources sections of the draft Environmental Assessment for the Jane Dough unit. A document containing those sections is available in the link below.

NRC documentation of its Section 106 review findings. (cultural resources sections of draft Environmental Assessment)

NRC is soliciting comments from the public on the document provided above or on the information stated here.  NRC staff will accept comments until Wednesday, February 27, 2017. Please submit your comments by emailing Ashley.Waldron@nrc.gov.

For additional information regarding the proposed action, Uranerz license application is publicly available from the NRC's Agency Wide Documents Access and Management System (ADAMS).  Found under ML14164A274.   Information about the proposed action, including links to Uranerz license amendment application can also be found in the project's web page.

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