Federal Register: December 24, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 247)
DOCID: FR Doc 03-31700
DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
DOCUMENT ACTION: Notice of the acceptance of Title X claims for reimbursement in fiscal year (FY) 2004.
Reimbursement for Costs of Remedial Action at Active Uranium and Thorium Processing Sites
DATES: The closing date for the submission of claims in FY 2004 is May 3, 2004. These new claims will be processed for payment by April 30, 2005, together with unpaid approved claim balances from prior years, based on the availability of funds from congressional appropriations.
This Notice announces the Department of Energy (DOE)
acceptance of claims in FY 2004 from eligible active uranium and
thorium processing sites for reimbursement under Title X of the Energy
Policy Act of 1992. In FY 2004, Congress appropriated $51 million for
the Title X reimbursement program. Because of the amount of unpaid approved claims within the current reimbursement ceilings
(approximately $80 million), DOE plans to accelerate the FY 2004 reimbursements to licensees in advance of the April 30, 2004, regulatory deadline. These payments will be prorated based on the amount of FY 2004 appropriations, unpaid approved claim balances (approximately $80 million), and claims received in May 2003 (approximately $38 million).
Active uranium and thorium processing sites; reimbursement for costs of remedial action,
DOE published a final rule under 10 CFR Part
765 in the Federal Register on May 23, 1994, (59 FR 26714) to carry out
the requirements of Title X of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (sections
10011004 of Public Law 102486, 42 U.S.C. 2296a et seq.) and to
establish the procedures for eligible licensees to submit claims for
reimbursement. DOE amended the final rule on June 3, 2003, (68 FR 32955) to adopt several technical and
administrative amendments (e.g., statutory increases in the reimbursement ceilings). Title X requires DOE to reimburse eligible uranium and thorium licensees for certain costs of decontamination, decommissioning, reclamation, and other remedial action incurred by licensees at active uranium and thorium processing sites to remediate byproduct material generated as an incident of sales to the United States Government. To be reimbursable, costs of remedial action must be for work which is necessary to comply with applicable requirements of the Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act of 1978 (42 U.S.C. 7901 et seq.) or, where appropriate, with requirements established by a State pursuant to a discontinuance agreement under section 274 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2021). Claims for reimbursement must be supported by reasonable documentation as determined by DOE in accordance with 10 CFR Part 765. Funds for reimbursement will be provided from the Uranium Enrichment Decontamination and
Decommissioning Fund established at the United States Department of Treasury pursuant to section 1801 of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (42 U.S.C. 2297g). Payment or obligation of funds shall be subject to the requirements of the AntiDeficiency Act (31 U.S.C. 1341).
Authority: Section 10011004 of Public Law 102486, 106 Stat. 2776 (42 U.S.C. 2296a et seq.).
Issued in Washington DC on this 16th of December, 2003. David E. Mathes,
Commercial Disposition Office, Office of Logistics & Waste Disposition Enhancement.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Contact Gilbert Maldonado at (505) 8454035 of the U.S. Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration Service Center, Environmental Programs Department.