NRC inspection finds no violations at MOX plant

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s most recent round of inspections at the U.S. Energy Department’s mixed oxide fuel facility yielded no violations or criticisms, according to a copy of the quarterly report released Monday.


The $4.8 billion 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 reactors.

Inspections conducted from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 evaluated construction of principal structures and included quality assurance activities, certification of workers and contractors and other factors.

“Based on the results of this inspection, no violations or deviations were identified,” the 59-page report concluded.

The MOX plant, in its sixth year of construction, employs about 2,200 workers and is 60 percent complete.