NRC Sends Confirmatory Action Letter to Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Facility Outlining Corrective Actions

NRC Sends Confirmatory Action Letter to Westinghouse Nuclear Fuel Facility Outlining Corrective Actions‌

The 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.

In 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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