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Honeywell facility cited for not classifying emergency event

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission cited the Honeywell facility in Metropolis, Il for failing to declare an alert and properly notify the NRC in response to a uranium hexaflouride leak.

The leak occurred on October 26, 2014.

Honeywell officials explained the cause of the violation and described actions taken to reduce the likelihood of it happening again in a recent letter to the commission.

Based on evidence, the NRC determined there was a violation of NRC requirements.

However, the agency will not levy a fine against Honeywell because it has taken corrective actions in accordance with the NRC enforcement policy.

The commission reports the procedure revisions were successfully demonstrated during an emergency exercise in November.

not exist beyond the site boundary,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree. "... this enforcement action is warranted because of the inability of the plant staff to recognize that conditions existed that required the Alert declaration," NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree said. "Had the leak been more severe, there could have been a hazardous environment beyond the site boundary and potential exposure to the public.”

Since Honeywell has already responded to the violation and taken appropriate corrective actions, the NRC requires no further actions from the company.

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