Nuclear Regulatory Commission reported no safety issues with MOX construction in 2013

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s 2013 performance review of the mixed-oxide fuel fabrication facility at Savannah River Site returned no safety issues.

According to a March 19 letter from the NRC to Shaw Areva MOX Services’ president and COO, Kelly Trice, the site construction was “consistent with the Commission’s rules and regulations” and would “support ongoing construction activities.”

The inspection returned “no actual or potentially risk significant recurring items,” the letter said. The NRC will continue to conduct routine inspections.

The National Nuclear Security Administration, which manages the MOX project, began shutting down construction this month after fiscal year 2015 budget proposals called for placing MOX on “cold standby” while assessing more cost-effective methods.

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