MOX contractor reports nonconforming welds to Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 5:29 PM
Last updated 8:29 PM
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The contractor building the mixed oxide fuel plant at Savannah River Site informed federal regulators this week that it is working to correct “nonconforming welds” in housings of filters used to contain radioactive materials.

The disclosure, made by Shaw AREVA MOX Services to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said the affected filters failed to meet required standards.

“MOX Services will ensure repairs are performed by either the vendor, MOX Services or a third party” and that “the repairs will be performed in support of the construction schedule.”

The MOX project is designed to dispose of plutonium from dismantled nuclear bombs by using small amounts for the manufacture of commercial reactor fuel.

Tom Clements, the Southeastern nuclear campaign coordinator with Friends of the Earth, said in a news release that the weld issues were discovered in August.

“While it is troubling that radioactive filter units with defective welds have been found at the MOX plant, it is encouraging that MOX Services caught the problem and eventually reported it to the NRC,” he said.

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SCEagle Eye
SCEagle Eye 10/03/13 - 08:20 am
MOX boondoggle

If the MOX project is shut down due to the current congressional madness it will at least be subject to congressional control that has been totally absent since construction of the MOX plant began in August 2007. What a way to manage a multi-billion dollar project!

Sweet son
Sweet son 10/03/13 - 11:59 am
Bad welds?

Too much money invested to start over so they will 'try' to repair the welds. Now you have to wonder if the 'patches' will just create two welds rather than one and if in the future they will be problematic.

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