The Paducah Sun
The Paducah Sun
Paducah, Kentucky
Saturday, May 12, 2001

Nuclear panel hearings to focus on plant

Staff Report

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will hold three public meetings next week to discuss activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant and its raw-product supplier, the Honeywell Specialty Chemicals plant in Metropolis, Ill.

At 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Massac County Courthouse in Metropolis, the agency will address the safety performance of the Honeywell plant. Although the facility has been safe, improvement is needed in following procedures related to regulatory compliance and operating license conditions, the NRC said.

A second meeting, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Paducah Information Age Park Resource Center, deals with how the agency plans to revise its oversight program for nuclear fuel facilities like the Paducah and Metropolis plants. The NRC wants suggestions on the changes, designed to make the oversight program more risk-informed and performance-based. Proposed revisions are in NRC documents SECY-99-188 and SECY-00-0222, found on the NRC Web site at www.nrc.gov/NRC/COMMISSION/SECYS/index.html.
A general review of the proposals is at www.nrc.gov/NMSS/FCSS/FCOB/INSP/REVISED/fcindex.htm.

The NRC will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday at the resource center to review the Paducah plant's safety performance from October 1998 to December 2000. The plant has been safe, but improvements are needed in areas such as the documentation and determination of nuclear criticality safety controls, the agency said.