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Honeywell officials are awaiting the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's final approval before resuming normal operations at the Metropolis plant. 

In a letter to employees, Plant Manager Larry Smith says the plant should be ready to resume work this month once an undated final inspection confirms the plant meets safety standards.

Honeywell To Reopen With Fewer Jobs

Apr 16, 2013
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Honeywell officials project lower employment levels when work resumes at the Metropolis plant this summer. The company announced in a letter to employees yesterday it plans restarting production by June.

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The Honeywell uranium fuel conversion plant in Metropolis, IL is still on track to restart work in June after a May shutdown to upgrade parts of plant. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspectors prompted the shutdown when they found equipment there could not withstand a major earthquake or tornado.

NRC Holds Public Meeting on Honeywell Upgrades

Nov 19, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds a public meeting next week in Metropolis to talk about safety upgrades at the local Honeywell nuclear fuel refinery. The plant shut down in May because NRC inspectors found the equipment could not withstand a major earthquake or tornado.

Honeywell Sets Potential June Plant Restart Date

Nov 1, 2012
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Honeywell officials say they could restart production at the Metropolis, Illinois nuclear fuel refinery next June. The plant shut down in July this year after a Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection found a need for safety upgrades. The move laid off 212 union workers. Honeywell spokesman John McCarthy says a staff of a little over a hundred remains at the facility. Plant officials hope to begin recalling workers for retraining and certification in April.

NRC Gives Honeywell Plant Safety Improvement Plan

Oct 16, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has outlined safety improvements needed at the Honeywell nuclear refinery plant in Metropolis before it can reopen. NRC inspectors found earlier this year that the plant did not have proper bracings and support to withstand a major earthquake or tornado. After the inspection, the plant shut down operations, laying off over 220 union workers. Since that time Honeywell and the NRC have been negotiating a plan to upgrade the facility.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Meeting with Honeywell

Aug 22, 2012

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans talks next week in Atlanta with executives from Honeywell’s Metropolis, Ill., plant. The Paducah Sun reports they’ll meet Monday to discuss apparent violations associated with the company’s alleged failure to identify the kinds of accidents significant earthquakes or tornadoes might cause. NRC Public Affairs Officer Roger Hannah says the agency is especially concerned about the potential release of large amounts of uranium hexafluoride.   The meeting will review information presented by the plant.

Officials at Honeywell’s Metropolis plant will lay off more than 220 employees while the company continues to evaluate a series of upgrades to prepare for extreme natural disasters. The plant has been temporarily shut down since late May.

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United Steelworkers officials who represent the hourly workers at the Honeywell nuclear facility in Metropolis say they were not notified beforehand of the company’s decision to not re-open the plant to perform upgrades. 

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