NRC meeting to discuss NFS safety performance

FROM STAFF REPORTS

   A Nuclear Regulatory Commission annual review of Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. in Erwin has found that the facility needs improvement in areas of radiological controls and in the maintenance and testing of important electrical equipment. NRC said additional progress also is needed in the area of implementation of procedures.
   The NRC review, which covers Jan. 14, 2001 through Feb. 16, 2002, indicates that NFS has continued to conduct its activities safely and securely and has "significantly improved" in several areas. However, the federal agency says it will continue its core inspection program at NFS with additional NRC inspection emphasis upon review of the plant's corrective actions to improve the reliability and testing of important electrical systems.
   NRC officials will meet with officials from Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. of Erwin at 8:30 a.m. April 30, to discuss the agency's review of the facility's safety performance based on five major areas: Safety Operations, Nuclear Materials Safeguards, Radiological Controls, Facility Support, and Special Topics.
   The meeting will be held at the NFS Training Center in Erwin, located on Jackson Love Highway near Exit 15 on Interstate 181.
   The meeting is open to observation by the public, and NRC officials will be available prior to its conclusion to answer questions from interested observers.