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Honeywell resumes production after completing gas leak investigation

METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) -

Honeywell in Metropolis, Illinois has resumed full production on Wednesday, Aug. 26 after completing an investigation from a gas leak that occurred on August 1.

According to a company statement, the investigation results found the cause of the leak was the over pressurization of a system that was undergoing maintenance at the time of the leak. The plant has undertaken a number of immediate corrective actions to prevent future incidents and have reviewed these with the NRC.

The plant has determined that 12.04 pounds of UF6 were released as a result of the leak. In a liquid state, this would be equivalent to a little over 4 cups of material according to the statement. The UF6 converted to 2.41 pounds of hydrofluoric acid when it was exposed to the air. 

On August 1, a leak of UF6 was reported around 6 p.m. Saturday and was contained. Plant leaders declared an alert at the plant and notified the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. There were no reports of any injuries at the time of the leak.

Honeywell said, for reference of the size of the leak, the state of Illinois only requires plants to report releases over 100 pounds of hydrofluoric acid.

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