NRC inspectors find 3 minor violations at MOX plant

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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