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NRC to conduct public meeting on NFS safety review and inspection

Sue Guinn Legg • May 8, 2019 at 7:26 PM

ERWIN — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has scheduled a public hearing on its inspection and review of safety and oversight of the Nuclear Fuel Services facility in Erwin.

An open house discussion of the NRC inspection will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Erwin Town Hall, 211 N. Main Ave.

The discussion will cover NRC’s assessment of the facility’s performance between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2018, including safety operations, radiological controls, facility support and other areas. NRC’s assessment of NFS security will not be discussed “due to the sensitive nature of the information.”

A press release announcing the meeting states, “NFS has continued to operate the facility safely and met NRC requirements for the protection of workers, nearby residents and the environment.

“Because the NRC review found that none of the program areas at NFS needed improvement, the agency will continue the normal inspection program for NRC-licensed nuclear fuel facilities of this type.”

According to the NRC, an open house format was selected for the May 16 meeting to allow more interaction with the NRC staff, better facilitate one-on-one and small group discussions and allow more flexibility for local residents and others who wish to attend.

NRC employees will be available to answer questions and provide information. A letter addressing the NRC review of NFS is available www.nrc.gov.

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