Inspections find no violations at MOX site

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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 Wednesday.

The $4.8 million 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, the report said.

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