NRC inspectors find 3 minor violations at MOX plant

Thursday, May 17, 2012 3:41 PM
Last updated 4:34 PM
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s most recent round of inspections at the U.S. Department of Energy’s mixed oxide fuel facility yielded three violations for mostly minor infractions, according to a copy of the report made public Thursday.

Inspectors, whose 51-page report covered reviews at the construction site from Jan. 1 to March 31, said the violations included failure to provide appropriate work documents related to installation of fire dampers, failure to define “appropriate critical characteristics” related to a mixing machine and inadequate corrective actions to reverse ongoing recordkeeping issues.

The violations were assigned a priority level of IV – the least serious on the agency’s scale – and are in the process of being addressed by Shaw AREVA MOX Services, which is building the $4.8 billion project.

The MOX facility, scheduled to open at Savannah River Site in 2016, is designed to dispose of 34 metric tons of surplus weapons-grade plutonium by using small amounts to make fuel for commercial nuclear reactors.

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