The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued a Confirmatory Action Letter to Honeywell (NYSE: HON) Metropolis Works outlining actions the company has agreed to take before restarting its uranium conversion operations.
During an inspection that examined how the Illinois facility would fare in a major earthquake or a tornado, the NRC concluded that Honeywell may have underestimated the amount of uranium hexafluoride that could be released into the environment should the process equipment be damaged during that type of event. However, the facility is currently shutdown, so a natural disaster would not result in a significant release of material.
Honeywell Metropolis Works takes milled uranium and converts it into uranium hexafluoride gas, which is then enriched at other facilities in order to make fuel for commercial power reactors.
Issuance of a Confirmatory Action Letter does not preclude the NRC from taking other actions for any violations of NRC requirements that may be identified.
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