Request for Information Regarding Establishment of the Department of Energy Uranium Reserve Program

CourtNational Nuclear Security Administration
Citation86 FR 50878
Publication Date13 Sep 2021
Record Number2021-19701
Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 174 / Monday, September 13, 2021 / Notices
Signed in Washington, DC, on September
3, 2021.
LaTanya Butler,
Deputy Committee Management Officer.
[FR Doc. 2021–19705 Filed 9–10–21; 8:45 am]
National Nuclear Security
Request for Information Regarding
Establishment of the Department of
Energy Uranium Reserve Program
: National Nuclear Security
Administration, Department of Energy.
: Reopening of the public
comment period.
: The Department of Energy
(DOE) published the Request for
information (RFI) to invite public
comment on topics related to the
Establishment of the DOE’s Uranium
Reserve program on August 11, 2021.
Through this notice, DOE announces the
reopening of the Uranium Reserve RFI
comment period for an additional 30
days. The August 11, 2021 Federal
Register notice mistakenly listed an
option for online submissions via, but that option is
not available at this time. Comments can
be submitted via email or postal mail
through the instructions in the
: The comment period for the RFI
published on August 11, 2021 (86 FR
44007), which closed on September 10,
2021, is hereby reopened. DOE will
accept written comments, data,
information in response no later than
October 13, 2021.
: Interested persons may
submit comments by any of the
following methods:
Submit electronic comments in
Microsoft Word or PDF file format and
avoid the use of special characters or
any form of encryption. Please include
‘‘Response to Uranium Reserve RFI’’ in
the subject line.
Postal Mail: Response to Uranium
Reserve RFI, c/o Mr. Kyle Fowler, U.S.
Department of Energy, National Nuclear
Security Administration, Mailstop NA–
10, 1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585–0121.
Instructions: All submissions received
must include the agency name for this
request for information. No facsimiles
(faxes) will be accepted.
Note: The Government has posted a
parallel RFI to in order invite
industry comment on topics related to
establishment of the DOE’s Uranium Reserve
program. To avoid duplicate submissions,
interested parties are encouraged to only
respond to one of the notices.
Requests for further information should
be sent to: or
Mr. Kyle Fowler, (202) 586–1963. If
responding by email, please include
‘‘Question on Uranium Reserve RFI’’ in
the subject line.
: The U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE or the
Department) issued this RFI to invite
public comment on topics related to
establishment of the DOE’s Uranium
Reserve program. DOE is re-opening the
comment period on this RFI to provide
ample time for interested parties to
In the United States (U.S.), nuclear
energy provides more than 55 percent of
our clean energy and supports about
half a million American jobs. However,
the U.S. nuclear industry and the
nuclear fuel supply chain face
significant challenges that have left
domestic nuclear fuel suppliers in a
weakened position on the domestic and
global stage. Revitalizing the U.S.
nuclear fuel supply infrastructure
would support the Administration’s
goals described in the American Jobs
including addressing the climate
crisis, creating American jobs,
positioning the U.S. to compete with
economic rivals, and supporting
national security. It would support
environmental justice initiatives,
prioritize addressing long-standing and
persistent racial injustice by targeting 40
percent of the benefits of climate and
clean infrastructure investments to
disadvantaged communities, consider
rural communities and communities
impacted by the market-based transition
to clean energy, and include meaningful
stakeholder engagement.
In December 2020, Congress passed
the Consolidated Appropriations Act,
2021 (Pub. L. 116–260) that makes
$75,000,000 available to the Department
for the Uranium Reserve Program. The
Department is considering options to
acquire natural uranium and convert
this uranium into uranium hexafluoride
that would be stored at commercial
facilities in the United States.
In considering options, the
Department will focus on reinvigorating
domestic nuclear fuel supply chain
capabilities, utilizing existing facilities,
and minimizing negative disruption of
market mechanisms. The Department
expects the acquisition of natural
uranium to result in new uranium
production at existing domestic sites.
The Department does not intend such
new production to initiate or expand
mining on Tribal lands, expand the
Office of Legacy Management’s (LM)
Uranium Leasing Program, or expand
access to additional uranium deposits
located on other Federal lands.
Additionally, the Department does not
intend to acquire uranium or uranium
hexafluoride produced from enricher
underfeeding, the re-enrichment of tails,
or other sources that do not support the
reinvigoration of uranium production
and conversion capabilities. Likewise,
the Department expects to use existing
domestic commercial conversion
capabilities and store the uranium
hexafluoride at a domestic facility.
The Department will comply with all
applicable laws, including the National
Environmental Policy Act and the
National Historic Preservation Act, in
the proposed establishment of a
uranium reserve. In addition, the
Department will give careful attention to
energy justice, distributive impacts, and
other relevant issues in its decision-
making process. This program would
include meaningful engagement with
stakeholders, including State, local,
Tribal governments, and disadvantaged
The Department is publishing this RFI
to gain a better understanding of Tribal
and other disadvantaged communities
and stakeholder views on topics related
to the establishment of a uranium
reserve. Responses to the RFI will
inform the Department’s establishment
of a uranium reserve, as well as the
development of a procurement strategy
for acquisition of uranium, conversion
services, and storage.
Signing Authority
This document of the Department of
Energy was signed on September 7,
2021, by Dr. Charles Verdon, Deputy
Administrator for Defense Programs for
the National Nuclear Security
Administration, pursuant to delegated
authority from the Secretary of Energy.
That document with the original
signature and date is maintained by
DOE. For administrative purposes only,
and in compliance with requirements of
the Office of the Federal Register, the
undersigned DOE Federal Register
Liaison Officer has been authorized to
sign and submit the document in
electronic format for publication, as an
official document of the Department of
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Energy. This administrative process in
no way alters the legal effect of this
document upon publication in the
Federal Register.
Signed in Washington, DC, on September
8, 2021.
Treena V. Garrett,
Federal Register Liaison Officer, U.S.
Department of Energy.
[FR Doc. 2021–19701 Filed 9–10–21; 8:45 am]
Federal Energy Regulatory
[Project No. 1061–103]
Pacific Gas and Electric Company;
Notice of Waiver Period for Water
Quality Certification Application
On August 26, 2021, Pacific Gas and
Electric Company submitted to the
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(Commission) a copy of their
application for a Clean Water Act
section 401(a)(1) water quality
certification filed with the California
State Water Resources Control Board
(California Water Board), in conjunction
with the above captioned project.
Pursuant to 40 CFR 121.6, we hereby
notify the California Water Board of the
Date of Receipt of the Certification
Request: August 26, 2021.
Reasonable Period of Time to Act on
the Certification Request: One year.
Date Waiver Occurs for Failure to Act:
August 26, 2022.
If the California Water Board fails or
refuses to act on the water quality
certification request by the above waiver
date, then the agency’s certifying
authority is deemed waived pursuant to
section 401(a)(1) of the Clean Water Act,
33 U.S.C. 1341(a)(1).
Dated: September 7, 2021.
Kimberly D. Bose,
[FR Doc. 2021–19677 Filed 9–10–21; 8:45 am]
Federal Energy Regulatory
[Project No. 5261–023]
Green Mountain Power Corporation;
Notice of Application Tendered for
Filing With The Commission and
Soliciting Additional Study Requests
and Establishing Procedural Schedule
for Relicensing and A Deadline for
Submission of Final Amendments
Take notice that the following
hydroelectric application has been filed
with the Commission and is available
for public inspection.
a. Type of Application: Subsequent
Minor License.
b. Project No.: 5261–023.
c. Date filed: August 27, 2021.
d. Applicant: Green Mountain Power
e. Name of Project: Newbury
Hydroelectric Project (project).
f. Location: On the Wells River, in the
town of Newbury, Orange County,
Vermont. The project does not occupy
any federal land.
g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power
Act 16 U.S.C. 791(a)–825(r).
h. Applicant Contact: John Greenan,
Green Mountain Power Corporation,
2152 Post Road, Rutland, VT 05701;
Phone at (802) 770–2195, or email at
i. FERC Contact: Adam Peer at (202)
502–8449, or
j. Cooperating agencies: Federal, state,
local, and tribal agencies with
jurisdiction and/or special expertise
with respect to environmental issues
that wish to cooperate in the
preparation of the environmental
document should follow the
instructions for filing such requests
described in item l below. Cooperating
agencies should note the Commission’s
policy that agencies that cooperate in
the preparation of the environmental
document cannot also intervene. See 94
FERC ¶ 61,076 (2001).
k. Pursuant to section 4.32(b)(7) of 18
CFR of the Commission’s regulations, if
any resource agency, Indian Tribe, or
person believes that an additional
scientific study should be conducted in
order to form an adequate factual basis
for a complete analysis of the
application on its merit, the resource
agency, Indian Tribe, or person must file
a request for a study with the
Commission not later than 60 days from
the date of filing of the application, and
serve a copy of the request on the
l. Deadline for filing additional study
requests and requests for cooperating
agency status: October 26, 2021.
The Commission strongly encourages
electronic filing. Please file additional
study requests and requests for
cooperating agency status using the
Commission’s eFiling system at https://
For assistance, please contact FERC
Online Support at, (866)
208–3676 (toll free), or (202) 502–8659
(TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, you
may submit a paper copy. Submissions
sent via the U.S. Postal Service must be
addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, 888 First Street NE, Room
1A, Washington, DC 20426.
Submissions sent via any other carrier
must be addressed to: Kimberly D. Bose,
Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission, 12225 Wilkins Avenue,
Rockville, Maryland 20852. All filings
must clearly identify the project name
and docket number on the first page:
Newbury Hydroelectric Project (P–
m. The application is not ready for
environmental analysis at this time.
n. Project Description: The existing
Newbury Project consists of: (1) An
11.4-acre impoundment at a normal
water surface elevation of 463.9 feet
mean sea level; (2) a 26-foot-high by 90-
foot-long concrete gravity dam that
includes a 73.3-foot-long spillway
topped with 5-foot-high pneumatic crest
gates; (3) a seasonally installed, 8-foot-
long by 4-foot-wide steel sluice box on
the south side of the spillway to provide
downstream fish passage; (4) an 11.2-
foot-wide, 9-foot-long intake structure
with trash racks, connected to a 5-foot-
diameter, 435-foot-long underground
steel penstock; (5) a 1,892-square-foot
powerhouse containing a single 315-
kilowatt turbine-generator unit; (6) a
second 50-kilowatt turbine-generator
unit located outside of the powerhouse
approximately 75-feet downstream of
the dam along the bypassed reach; (7) a
125-foot-long tailrace; (8) three 150-foot-
long generator leads that create a 480
Volt, 3 phase 150-foot-long underground
transmission line connected to three
pole mounted 167 kilovolt-ampere step-
up transformers; and (9) appurtenant
facilities. The project creates a 590-foot-
long bypassed reach of the Wells River.
o. The current license requires Green
Mountain Power Corporation to: (1)
Operate the project in run-of-river
mode; (2) release a continuous bypassed
reach minimum flow of 50 cubic feet
per second (cfs) from April 15 to June
10 and 25 cfs during the remainder of
the year; and (3) release a year-round,
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