NRC, MOX contractor reach settlement

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the primary contractor building the U.S. Energy Department’s $4.86 billion mixed oxide fuel facility at Savannah River Site have negotiated a settlement to a violation in which a senior contract engineer allowed a junior engineer to sign his name to construction documents.

Such an act was in violation of NRC regulations, the agency contended. The contractor, Shaw AREVA MOX Services, requested a process known as alternative dispute resolution in which a mediator helps the two parties find the best way to address the cause of the violation.

The resulting confirmatory order requires the company to adhere to a number of corrective actions and enhancements, including reviews of similar documents, revised procedures, increased training, and periodic quality assurance assessments and safety conscious work environment surveys, according to a news release issued today by the NRC. Some of the actions agreed to by Shaw AREVA have been completed and others must be completed by the end of next year.

In consideration of the commitments made by Shaw AREVA, the NRC will not propose a civil penalty, issue a Notice of Violation or take other enforcement action on the matter.

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