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Fuel Fab Facility ENs
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Facility: WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CORPORATION
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: LEU CONVERSION (UF6 to UO2) COMMERCIAL LWR FUEL
Region: 2   City: COLUMBIA   State: SC

[ Columbia, SC is an EPA radmon station ]


20180712 | SC_Columbia_FF | OFFSITE NOTIFICATION TO SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-colle...ml#en53504

"For this event, notification was made to the South Carolina (SC) Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
 per R 61-68 E.4.b which requires 24 hour notification upon discovery
of an 'unauthorized discharge into waters of the State which may cause or contribute to an excursion of a water quality standard.'

While it was not conclusively determined that the leak migrated to the groundwater,
[ so it probably is also not conclusively determined that the leak DID NOT migrated to the groundwater. ]

Columbia made the notification based on discussions with SCDHEC.
SCDHEC was notified by phone on July 12, 2018 at 1530 EDT.

"An equipment issue was noted on July 10, 2018 during ongoing maintenance activities to repair the liner associated with Hydrofluoric Acid Spiking Station No. 2 in the conversion process area of the Columbia plant.

While the polypropylene liner was removed for repair work, a crack was noticed in the epoxy coating covering the diked area at the spiking station.

Upon further investigation, a hole approximately 3 inches in diameter was found penetrating the concrete floor and into the soil beneath.

Measurements taken reflect the depth of the hole as approximately 6 feet into the soil.

Several samples of soil were obtained from the immediate area the morning of July 11, 2018.

These samples were analyzed at the Columbia Plant Chemical Laboratory with results obtained the morning of July 12.

The highest measurements reported from the samples are 4,000 ppm Uranium and 24 ppm Fluoride, with a pH of 2.84.

"The Hydrofluoric Acid Spiking Station No. 2 remains out of service.

This is a localized issue underneath the floor of the existing structure and well within the boundaries of the site,
thus there is no impact to public health and safety or facility workers.
[ Standard denial of impact. ]


"The spiking station remains removed from service while the event is being fully evaluated.

Maintenance has placed a metal plate over the hole as an interim measure to protect the environment from any potential leaks from associated

Monitoring of closest downgradient well will be performed within the next seven days.

Appropriate repairs or modifications will be completed to the concrete pad and protective layers before the equipment is returned to service.
Issue Report 2018-12123 was entered into the Corrective Action Program."

[ From this report it's obvious the " experts " haven't been inspecting for leaks, but they have been cashing their paychecks. Frauds ]



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Facility: NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES INC.
RX Type: URANIUM FUEL FABRICATION
Comments: HEU CONVERSION & SCRAP RECOVERY NAVAL REACTOR FUEL CYCLE LEU SCRAP RECOVERY
Region: 2  City: ERWIN   State: TN

[ This facility is approx 140km ( 87mi ) NE of Knoxville ( an EPA radmon station ) ]

20180711 | TN_Erwin_FF | UNPLANNED CONTAMINATION EVENT
https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-colle...ml#en53502

"On July 11, 2018, at approximately 0645 [EDT] a radiological spill occurred in Building 333 Uranium Metal Dissolution area due to a glass column leak.

This area is controlled as a Radiologically controlled Area.

Cleanup and evaluation activities were initiated, but later suspended when it was determined the column had failed and additional evaluation for structural stability was necessary prior to safely performing additional recovery and decontamination activities.

"There were no radiological or chemical exposures.

There were no releases to the environment or public areas.

"The licensee has notified the NRC Resident Inspector."

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NUCLEAR FUEL SERVICES, INC.
ERWIN, UNICOI COUNTY, TENNESSEE
EPA FACILITY ID: TND003095635
MAY 29, 2007

90 pages | https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/Nuclea...052907.pdf

NFS sits about 30 feet above the Nolichucky River that runs by Interstate 26;

One of the primary activities of NFS’s Erwin Plant is to prepare high-enriched uranium to beprocessed into fuel for the Department of Energy's Naval Reactor Program. The US Departmentof Energy supplies the uranium processed at NFS for this and other purposes. Other activitiesperformed at this facility include the processing of high-enriched uranium scrap to recover theuranium, laboratory operations for manufacturing support and new development, and waste treatment and packaging for shipment. NFS also performs commercial work for the privatesector and leases space to the private sector at their facility. These activities include cleaning of uranium hexafluoride cylinders and downblending of high-enriched uranium and converting it to low-enriched uranium compounds (BLEU) to beused in the commercial sector. Other site activities include, or once included, converting uranium hexafluoride to either uranium oxides, uranium tetrafluoride, and/or metallic uranium.NFS also in the past manufactured reactor fuel materials composed of either uranium or thorium, and recoveryof these isotopes, production of thorium metals, and production of mixed oxide fuels containing uranium.

Per applicable laws and permits in effect at the time, NFS also released radioactive materials into the waste holding areas,
the on-site ponds which ultimately reached the Nolichucky River.

NFS has had numerous NRC violations resulting from poor documentation of chain of custody
and location of special nuclear material. None of these violations was for actual loss of material,
but for a lack of accounting for where quantities of material were moved within the facility.

The uranium plume was about 0.7 acre (250' by 120') and exceeded the EPA
Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL; 30 micrograms per liter; μg/L). Uranium concentration in
the groundwater plume ranged from approximately 30 to 1,100 pCi/L.

The naturally occurring radioactive elements uranium and thorium were detected in wells below
the MCL for these contaminants. Other radioactive materials detected included technetium-99
and various plutonium isotopes. The technetium-99 was below the MCL for that radionuclide, as
was the plutonium.

[ More well paid experts and professionals. ]
 
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