Environmental Impact Statement Related to the Operating License for the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility – Draft Report for Comment (NUREG-2183, Supplement 1)

This publication has been issued for public comment. Comments will be accepted until August 19, 2022. To submit comments, please see Docket ID Number NRC-2022-0135.

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Manuscript Completed: June 2022
Date Published: June 2022

Prepared by:
J. Davis

Lance Rakovan, NRC Project Manager

Division of Rulemaking, Environmental, and Financial Support
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, D.C. 20555-0001

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Abstract

In 2015, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE-NNSA) issued NUREG-2183, “Environmental Impact Statement for the Construction Permit for the SHINE Medical Radioisotope Production Facility” (NRC 2015), which discussed the environmental impacts of constructing, operating, and decommissioning the SHINE Medical Isotope Production Facility (SHINE facility) in Janesville, Wisconsin. In 2016, at the conclusion of its safety and environmental reviews, the NRC issued a construction permit for the SHINE facility (NRC 2016). In July 2019, SHINE Medical Technologies, LLC (SHINE) submitted to the NRC an application for an operating license for the SHINE facility.

When a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) has been prepared in connection with the issuance of a construction permit for a facility, the NRC is required to prepare a supplement to the FEIS in connection with any issuance of an operating license for that facility in accordance with Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 51.95(b). This supplement updates the prior environmental review and only covers matters that differ from those or that reflect significant new information relative to that discussed in the FEIS. Accordingly, in response to SHINE’s operating license application, the NRC and the DOE-NNSA staff have considered whether there is any new information with respect to the environment or the environmental impacts of the SHINE facility, including information that is different from that considered in NUREG-2183. The NRC staff did not identify any information that presents a seriously different picture of the environmental consequences of constructing, operating, and decommissioning the SHINE facility.

After weighing the environmental, economic, technical, and other benefits against environmental and other costs, the NRC staff’s preliminary recommendation, unless safety issues mandate otherwise, is that the operating license be issued as proposed. The NRC staff based its recommendation on the following:

  • the application, including SHINE’s supplemental environmental report;
  • consultation with Federal, State, Tribal, and local agencies;
  • the staff’s independent review; and
  • the consideration of public comments.

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