11:37 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Metropolis Honeywell Plant On Track to Restart Fuel Conversion in 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.

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11:34 am
Mon November 19, 2012

NRC Holds Public Meeting on Honeywell Upgrades

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.

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11:53 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Honeywell Sets Potential June Plant Restart Date

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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.

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2:38 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

NRC Gives Honeywell Plant Safety Improvement Plan

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.

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8:59 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Meeting with Honeywell

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.

4:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Honeywell Lays Off 228 Union and Non-Union Workers at Metropolis 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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Nuclear Plant
4:53 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Union Responds to Honeywell Plant Shutdown

Honeywell Plant in Metropolis, Ill.
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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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Morning Cram
9:23 am
Thu July 12, 2012

the morning cram [cinder block edition]

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From NPR: AIDS researchers, policymakers and advocates are increasingly convinced that treating HIV is one of the best ways of preventing its spread.

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Nuclear Facility
7:49 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Honeywell Plant Will Not Resume Production Pending Upgrades

Honeywell in Metropolis, IL
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The Honeywell nuclear facility in Metropolis will not restart production until they reach an agreement on facility upgrades with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

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3:28 pm
Mon June 25, 2012

Honeywell to Continue Maintenance Shutdown for NRC Meeting

Honeywell officials released more information today about why the Metropolis plant’s reopening has been pushed back. The company had planned to restart nuclear fuel production July 1.

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