Monday, July 20, 2009

Feds send team to assess Va. uranium incident

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has sent a special inspection team to assess an incident involving uranium at Babcock & Wilcox's operation in Lynchburg.

The commission said Monday that the four-member team will spend about a week reviewing factors that led to the buildup of enriched uranium last week.

The commission says a saw used to cut fuel components discharged oil containing a small amount of highly enriched uranium into a container.

The commission says the incident prompted the company to go into alert status for five hours. An alert is the lowest emergency classification for operations such as the one in Lynchburg.

The commission says its inspection team will review the company's investigation of the cause.

The operation handles highly enriched uranium used in nuclear fuel.

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