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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 09-1152


Quehanna Wild Area Nuclear Site License Termination

[39 Pa.B. 3223]
[Saturday, June 27, 2009]

   On May 13, 2009, the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) terminated Radioactive Material License No. PA-1052 in accordance with 25 Pa. Code § 215.1(e) (relating to purpose and scope). The license encompassed residual radioactive material left behind from past operations at the facility. The facility was located in the Quehanna Wild Area of the Moshannon State Forest. The site had a long history of radioactive material use since the construction of the research reactor in 1955. Since then various tenants had been licensed to possess radioactive materials for uses including materials research, production of radio-thermal electric generators, and high activity gamma irradiation. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) took final responsibility for the cleanup of the facility to allow for unrestricted future use. The Department performed a review of DCNR's Final Status Survey Results and its own confirmatory survey and concluded that the final status survey data adequately represented the final radiological conditions of the Quehanna site. The documented final conditions showed that the final conditions met the requirements for unrestricted release and provided justification to terminate the license. This termination comes following an extensive cleanup spanning more than 10 years of the affected structures and surrounding grounds. This included disposal of significant volumes of low-level radioactive waste at licensed out-of-state sites.

   For additional information, concerning the Quehanna site, cleanup activities or the license termination, individuals may contact the Bureau of Radiation Protection at (717) 787-2480 or Persons in need of accommodations as provided for in the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 should contact the Department directly at (717) 787-2480 or through the Pennsylvania AT&T Relay Service at (800) 654-5984 (TDD) to discuss how the Department may accommodate their needs.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 09-1152. Filed for public inspection June 26, 2009, 9:00 a.m.]

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