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NRC licensing review finds MOX project in compliance

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Construction work at the U.S. Department of Energy’s mixed oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site fulfilled all licensing and inspection requirements during the past 12 months, according to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s annual review.

“Our inspections indicated that your construction program and procedure development, along with project staffing, were sufficiently implemented to support ongoing construction activities,” NRC Construction Division Director James H. Moorman wrote in a Nov. 15 letter to Kelly Trice, the president of Shaw AREVA MOX Services, the project contractor.

The $4.8 billion facility, scheduled to open 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.

Because the plant is involved in the manufacture of fuel to be used for civilian purposes, it falls under the NRC’s regulatory and licensing authority. The commission has a resident inspection team at the project that is supplemented many times a year with larger inspection teams.

The annual performance review, released this week, covers the period from Oct. 1, 2010, to Sept. 30, 2011.

The inspections include construction work, equipment, design control, vendor oversight, software and other areas.

The MOX program is administered through the National Nuclear Security Administration, an arm of the Energy Department that manages nuclear weapons and related materials and programs.

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wildman
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wildman 12/01/11 - 05:07 am
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MOX=MONEY PIT!

MOX=MONEY PIT!

southern
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southern 12/01/11 - 08:10 am
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Whats your point wildman?

Whats your point wildman? Money Pit = local stimulas

LostatSRS
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LostatSRS 12/01/11 - 08:27 am
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Reference Government

Reference Government Accounting Office report GAO-10-378 March 26, 2010, this states and recommends that the uncertainly of the feed supply (Pu Oxide) for MOX be addressed. There is also the issue of no customers for the product as yet; Tenn Valley Authority will not make a decision until 2013. And there is a relationship between this and NNSA having a place on the GAO’s high risk list, http://gao.gov/highrisk/. There is the other question of what is to be done with weapons grade Pu if you have no MOX. The Navy has their nuclear fuel made by a private sector, taking this example would be the best hope for MOX.

wildman
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wildman 12/01/11 - 06:52 pm
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I can't make anymore

I can't make anymore comments, I could be ejected from the game. Sorry.

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Sean Moores 12/01/11 - 07:20 pm
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wildman, you're welcome to

wildman, you're welcome to comment on this. Check your email.

SUPER 8 HOTEL AIKEN SC
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SUPER 8 HOTEL AIKEN SC 02/08/12 - 12:03 pm
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The Mox Project has brought

The Mox Project has brought the Aiken Area alot of jobs! If NRC says it is in compliance,then let Shaw AREVA MOX continue doing a GREAT JOB!

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