Paducah, KY – The company that operates Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant has settled a dispute with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission over concealed damage to a valve on an empty uranium cylinder. The NRC confirmed the settlement, along with two others with USEC, in letters August 13th. USEC requested mediation in each case and as a result, the NRC says it won't propose a civil penalty, issue a notice of violation or take other enforcement action.
The Paducah dispute involved employees who falsified records and concealed damage to the valve on a cylinder that they were moving in January 2008. USEC disciplined two operators and a trainee for initially concealing and later telling a manager about the cylinder damage.