Honeywell, NRC probes chemical leak at Illinois plant

Honeywell, NRC probes chemical leak at Illinois plant

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS/AP) - Honeywell says they are continuing to actively work with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and are cooperating with their inspection.

Spokesperson Nina Krauss says the company began clearing out the plant's equipment. She says the company does this following any shutdown.

Honeywell says they are doing a complete an internal investigation and will notify the NRC and other agencies of their plans before resuming normal operations.

Company spokesman Peter Dalpe said this week that no injuries resulted from the leak of uranium hexafluoride Sunday night at Honeywell's site in Metropolis. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was notified.

The plant helps make nuclear fuel.

Honeywell blamed the leak on an equipment failure and maintain sensors never detected any material release.

The leak comes at a time the company and union-backed workers at the Massac County plant are embroiled in a contract dispute. Employees have been locked out of the site since August.

Representatives say the leak is a consequence of the lockout that is currently in place - which keeps employees from performing their jobs

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