Federal regulators are planning to meet with operators of a Columbia nuclear fuel plant to discuss a problem which occured with a filter at the plant. In late July 2010, operators with the Westinghouse commercial nuclear fuel plant in Columbia discovered that some of the components were missing which could have allowed more material in the waste water than anticipated to accumulate in the filter.
Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman, Roger Hanna says NRC did their inspection after Westinghouse:
We did a subsequent inspection and found that as a result of that, there were six apparent violations all related to this particular discovery.
A predecisional enforcement conference is scheduled for Wednesday, January 12. Hanna says this will be only for discussion and any descision regarding possible violations would be made later.
We allow Westinghouse to talk about their view of the events and what they have done to take corrective actions and then at some point later the NRC will make a decision on what, if any enforcement actions will be taken. So, if there are civil penalties or fines or things that come out of this, then we will announce that at some point later.
The meeting will be open to observation by the public, and NRC officials will be available to answer questions at its conclusion.