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Tennessee: NRC postpones Nuclear Fuel Services meeting

Source: Knoxville News Sentinel | June 12th, 2009 | By News Sentinel staff
Industry type: Nuclear Industry

KNOXVILLE — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said today it needs more time to complete an inspection of the Nuclear Fuel Services plant in Erwin, Tenn., and has postponed a public meeting scheduled Wednesday to discuss results of the inspection.

The inspection is related to authorization of a new commercial development line for uranium hexafluoride conversion, according to a press release The new line was authorized by the NRC on May 11.

The new line would convert uranium hexafluoride into either uranium oxide or uranyl nitrate for use by NFS customers or used by NFS to process fuel for commercial use.

NRC inspectors have identified additional technical issues that require more time to be analyzed before the inspection is completed, the release says.

A public meeting to discuss the inspection results will be rescheduled. Information about the meeting will be posted on the NRC Web site.