NRC to meet with Westinghouse on apparent violations at nuclear fuel plant in South Carolina

Source: The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has scheduled a pre-decisional enforcement conference in Atlanta on Friday, Sept. 24 to discuss with Westinghouse officials apparent violations of NRC requirements associated with the overflow of approximately 200 gallons of uranium-bearing wastewater in January.

On January 24, 2010, at 2:22 a.m., at the Westinghouse commercial nuclear fuel plant in Columbia, S.C. - Q-Tank V-116A overflowed approximately 200 gallons of uranium bearing ammoniated waste water into a diked area below the Q-Tank system. The waste water that overflowed into the diked area contained approximately 20 parts per million (ppm) uranium.

The NRC inspection of the incident resulted in the identification of seven apparent violations. In addition, NRC inspectors found that plant workers failed to properly identify and respond to an earlier alarm, which was not deactivated until after the wastewater overflowed.

NRC officials will review information presented by Westinghouse at the meeting and reach a decision on appropriate regulatory action at a later date.

The meeting will take place at the NRC Region II office located in Atlanta and will be open to the public. NRC officials will be available to answer questions at the conclusion of the conference. 

The NRC inspection report detailing the incident and the apparent violations is available here: 

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