Welcome

Thank you for visiting paducahsun.com, the online home of The Paducah Sun.

Calendar
June 2012
S M T W T F S
27 28 29 30 31 01 02

Click here to submit an event.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission to discuss Honeywell safety plans

Staff report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a public meeting May 1 to discuss its review of the Honeywell Metropolis Works uranium facility.

The meeting - set for 6 p.m. in the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St. - will focus on the NRC's review of safety procedures at the plant from Jan. 1, 2012, through Dec. 31, 2013, according to Joey Ledford, NRC Region II spokesman. The discussion will include the areas of safety operations, radiological controls, facility support and other areas.

The Metropolis plant was shut down in May 2012 when an NRC inspection determined some of the plant's equipment and structures would not be able to withstand an earthquake or tornado damage that could potentially result in a release of uranium hexafluoride. Honeywell spent an estimated $40 million upgrading the facility and was allowed to reopen in June 2013.

At the time, members of the NRC panel highlighted particular measures including the strengthening of structural braces, vessel restraints and piping supports against strong seismic events, as well as adding additional tornado missile shields around the liquid uranium hexafluoride inventory.

"Honeywell has a clean safety record, although it has been an active (two-year) period for them," Ledford said. "We identified the need for them to make extensive modifications ... our presentation will be an assessment of how they performed in the safety arena."

Honeywell is on a two-year schedule of review by the NRC.

"Although we only do this overall review of the facility's performance every two years, our inspectors make frequent trips to the facility and have ongoing discussions with the company's management," according to NRC Regional II Administrator Victor McCree. "Those interactions help ensure safe facility operation that protects employees, people living nearby and the environment."

NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public, according to Ledford.

Comments made about this article - 0 Total

Comment on this article

Your comment has been submitted for approval
captcha 03fbc5a792b847d2be7d40c11183f48c
Top Classifieds
  • HAVANESE PUPS AKC Home Raised, Best H ... Details
  • Poodle or Cocker Pups - (270)476-258 ... Details
  • Bedroom Suites New in Boxes. 6pc. che ... Details
  • Bowflex Tread Climber TC10Purchased D ... Details
  • PILLOW TOPmattress sets NEW in pl ... Details
  • Downsizing Due To HealthAntique furni ... Details
  • 1 acre corner lot Kevil $12000 270488 ... Details
  • SEEING is believing! Don't b ... Details
  • 2008 bennington 20ft. with 50HP Yamah ... Details
  • 2009 H-D XL883L. Windshields, Aux. Li ... Details
  • 2004 40Ft. Holiday rambler HRindever ... Details

Most Popular
  1. Workshop helps blind students learn independent living skills
  2. Trigg roars past Rebels
  3. Tornado tops Vikes behind Crim effort
  1. Stove on I-24 causes four vehicles to crash
  2. Company bringing 150 jobs to Marshall County
  3. WHIFF Beshear shot at Bevin falls short of the mark
  1. Workshop helps blind students learn independent living skills
  2. Trigg roars past Rebels
  3. Tornado tops Vikes behind Crim effort
Discussion

Check out these recently discussed stories and voice your opinion...