NRC issues draft safety report US MOX facility

27 August 2010

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has published its draft safety evaluation report on the Shaw AREVA MOX Fuel Fabrication Facility, under construction at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina. If licensed the $4.86 billion facility will convert weapons-grade plutonium into MOX fuel for use in US nuclear power plants.

The report, which has been redacted to remove security related and proprietary information, documents the NRC staff’s technical safety review of MOX Services’ operating license application for the facility.

The report does not make a decision about licensing the plant, saying that it is still years away. However, it does include NRC’s preliminary assessment “that the facility would not pose an undue risk to worker and public health and safety.”

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