After an inspection, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has lifted the confirmatory order it placed on Honeywell Metropolis Works requiring upgrades to guard against natural disasters.
The improvements were ordered in 2012 after the NRC determined equipment at Honeywell lacked proper seismic restraints, bracing and support. The order resulted in a year-long shutdown and more than 200 layoffs, before the plant resumed operations last summer.
The plant – which converts uranium into uranium hexafluoride gas – is in negotiations with workers. The current three-year contract with United Steelworkers expires August 1.