TheSavannahis licensed and regulated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)—just like any other commercial utility that operates a nuclear power station. Under NRC regulations, MARAD must move theSavannahfrom its present location in the James River Reserve Fleet to an East Coast port / industrial complex where the decommissioning work can be accomplished. NRC will then consider an amendment to MARAD'sSavannahlicense to authorize the decommissioning work. This review is expected to take two years (2006-2008), and it will include a series of formal hearings chaired by the NRC in the decommissioning port.
MARAD is requesting public comments on its proposal to relocate theSavannahfor decommissioning. After reviewing comments, MARAD may hold several informational public meetings (and/or teleconferences) addressing this proposal in Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Hampton Roads, Virginia (to include Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News); and Baltimore, Maryland. If such meetings are determined to be necessary, specific dates and times for the meetings will be announced in theFederal Register.
(Authority 49 CFR 1.66)
Dated: February 24, 2006.
By order of the Maritime Administrator.
Joel C. Richard,
Secretary, Maritime Administration