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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 10-2150


License Termination Request

[40 Pa.B. 6614]
[Saturday, November 13, 2010]

 Chevron Mining, Inc. (Chevron) has submitted a request dated October 18, 2010, to the Department of Environmental Protection (Department) for termination of Radioactive Material License No. PA-1055S in accordance with 25 Pa. Code § 215.1(e) (relating to purpose and scope). The license encompasses radioactive slag material left behind from past operations at the facility formerly operated by Molycorp, Inc. The site, now owned by Chevron, is located in Washington, PA, approximately 35 miles southwest of Pittsburgh. It is a 73-acre site, of which 20 acres was actively used for manufacturing operations. From 1964 to 1970, Molycorp, Inc. produced a ferrocolumbium alloy from ore, and some waste slag from the process contained thorium and/or uranium. The slag was used throughout the site as fill material for low-lying areas and as a base for some building construction. Decommissioning of the site began in 2002 with the removal of the 21 remaining buildings. Remediation of the soils began in March 2006 and was complete by June 2009. Chevron has submitted Final Status Survey Reports (FSSR) for review by the Department. If approved, the license will be terminated. This request comes following an extensive 8-year cleanup of the facilities and surrounding grounds and disposal of significant volumes of low-level radioactive waste at licensed out-of-State facilities.

 The FSSR and associated documents are available for public review and comment. The Department will accept written comments on Chevron's request until December 14, 2010. Comments should be submitted by mail to Director, Bureau of Radiation Protection, Rachel Carson State Office Building, P. O. Box 8469, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8469 or Following the public comment period, the Department will make a final determination regarding Chevron's request. Notice of the Department's final determination will be published in a future edition of the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

 For additional information concerning the Chevron site, cleanup activities or Chevron's request, 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. 10-2150. Filed for public inspection November 12, 2010, 9:00 a.m.]

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