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NRC lifts order at uranium conversion facility

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has lifted a confirmatory order at the Honeywell Metropolis Works facility in Illinois.

NRC issued the order in October 2012 after an inspection found that process equipment at the uranium conversion plant lacked adequate seismic restraints, supports and bracing to protect the facility against major earthquakes and tornadoes.

Honeywell (NYSE: HON) agreed to make the modifications, and the NRC confirmed that they were completed within agency requirements and authorized the facility to resume operations in July 2013. NRC also reviewed Honeywell’s revised Integrated Safety Analysis and determined it was adequate and lifted the confirmatory order.

The plant converts milled uranium into uranium hexafluoride gas, which is then enriched at other facilities to make commercial nuclear reactor fuel.

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