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|No. III-03-053||July 31, 2003|
|CONTACT:||Jan Strasma (630) 829-9663
Viktoria Mitlyng (630) 829-9662
INSPECTION TEAM DISPATCHED
|The Nuclear Regulatory Commission
has begun a special inspection at the former Hematite Fuel Fabrication Facility
in Festus, Missouri, to review the circumstances around an inadvertent shipment
of nuclear fuel pellets, which were included in a shipment of metal for
reprocessing, from the facility to a recycling facility in Canada. The special
inspection will also review the facility’s methods for controlling
and accounting for nuclear material and its shipment verification methods.
The Hematite Fuel Fabrication Facility, owned by Westinghouse Electric Company, has been shut down since June 2001. The facility is currently developing a plan to decommission the site and will submit it to the NRC for review and approval.
Earlier this month, approximately 30,000 used zirconium tubes were shipped
for recycling from the Hematite facility to Mississauga Metals and Alloys,
Inc., a recycling company located in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. Mississauga
Metals and Alloys, Inc. is under the regulation of the Canadian Nuclear
Safety Commission and has proper controls to handle nuclear materials.
At the time the fuel pellets were discovered, Mississauga Metals and Alloys had processed about 50 percent of the zirconium tubes. The remaining tubes were placed in a secure location, and further processing was halted.
The report of the inspection will be publically available when it is issued, about 30 days after the inspection is complete. It will be posted on the NRC’s web site at: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/adams/web-based.html. Assistance in using the web reading room is available by calling the NRC Public Document Room at 800-397-4209.
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