Nuclear Regulatory Commission amendment to send Savannah fuel to Tenn. - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Nuclear Regulatory Commission amendment to send Savannah fuel to Tenn.

(Knoxville-AP) July 10, 2003 - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the first of three license amendments for Nuclear Fuel Services Incorporated in Erwin, Tennessee.

The company will need them to recycle weapons-grade uranium into commercial reactor fuel for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Under the first license amendment, NFS can begin receiving low-enriched uranyle nitrate solution from Energy Department's Savannah River Site in South Carolina. Nuclear fuel generated by the project will produce enough power to equal 800,000 rail cars of coal to steam generation plants.

The company currently makes nuclear reactor fuel for the Navy. The so-called Blended Low-Enriched Uranium project has been in development since 1997. It is intended to reduce the Department of Energy's stockpile of surplus highly enriched uranium.

TVA has three nuclear power stations.

posted 8:01am by Chris Rees

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