Safety Evaluation Report for the National Enrichment Facility in Lea County, New Mexico, Louisiana Energy Services (NUREG-1827)
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Manuscript Completed: June 2005
Date Published: June 2005
Division of Fuel Cycle Safety and Safeguards
Office of Nuclear Material Safety and Safeguards
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001
The report documents the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) staff review and safety and safeguards evaluation of the Louisiana Energy Services’ (LES) (the applicant) application for a license to construct a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility and possess and use special nuclear material (SNM), source material, and byproduct material in a gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility. LES proposes that the gas centrifuge uranium enrichment facility be located in Lea County, New Mexico, near the city of Eunice, New Mexico. The facility will possess natural, depleted, and enriched uranium, and will enrich uranium up to a maximum of 5 weight percent uranium-235.
The objective of this review is to evaluate the potential adverse impacts of operation of the facility on worker and public health and safety under both normal operating and accident conditions. The review also considers physical protection of SNM and classified matter, material control and accounting of SNM, and the management organization, administrative programs, and financial qualifications provided to ensure safe design and operation of the facility.
The NRC staff concludes, in this safety evaluation report, that the applicant’s descriptions, specifications, and analyses provide an adequate basis for safety and safeguards of facility operations and that operation of the facility does not pose an undue risk to worker and public health and safety.