WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – A special inspection of the Global Nuclear Fuel facility in Wilmington is underway to review the circumstance surrounding the recent discovery that some safety equipment was unavailable or unreliable.
According to a news release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, plant employees determined at the end of March that a moisture sensor was not operable.
The release said a pressure indicator in the same system was later found to be in a condition that made it unreliable to prevent a "criticality."
The NRC explained a "criticality" can happen when nuclear materials come together in a way that initiates a chain reaction that results in either a burst or sustained release of radiation.
"While there was no actual unsafe condition, our inspectors will make sure that we fully understand the potential safety significance associated with the equipment problems," said Victor McCree, NRC Region II administrator in the news release.
The inspection will review facts surrounding the equipment issues, the company's actions after the condition was discovered and any long-term corrective actions to prevent recurrence.
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