NRC Sends Confirmatory Action Letter to Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Facility Outlining Corrective Actions
Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent a Confirmatory Action Letter to
the Westinghouse nuclear fuel fabrication facility in Columbia, S.C.,
acknowledging corrective action commitments the company will complete
before restarting some of its uranium processing operations.
May, during an annual maintenance shutdown, plant employees discovered
an accumulation of uranium-bearing material in a scrubber system, which
is designed to remove unwanted material from a number of plant
processes. There were no actual safety-related consequences as a result
of the accumulation of the material, but the potential for such
consequences may have existed. After an analysis showed the amount of
uranium was much higher than anticipated, the NRC launched an inspection
to review the issue.
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