NRC Grills Nuclear Fuel Services 5-31-2011 - WSMV Channel 4

NRC Grills Nuclear Fuel Services 5-31-2011

Reported By Demetria Kalodimos
ERWIN, Tenn. A troubled Tennessee nuclear fuel company has been called on the carpet for the fourth year in a row.
Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin was grilled by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a lax safety record and continued problems.
"How many times is too many before we shut the facility down?" asked NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko.
The Channel 4 I-Team reported last year about several serious accidents that led to NFS closing for half a year. NFS is still not fully operational a year and a half later.
The new CEO responded to the governments concerns this way.
"Commissioners, the training wheels are off," said NFS CEO Joseph Henry. "We're moving forward, and we're moving forward deliberately and conservatively. That's not to say we won't hit a bump in the road, but we're going to respond to those bumps correctly."
Nuclear Fuel Services is more than 50 years old. It supplies nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy.
It's currently under review by the state for what it has discharged into groundwater and a nearby river.



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