WV Plant Fined for Repairing Radiation Gauge

Thursday, May 19, 2016 @ 06:05 PM gHale


The Novelis plant in Fairmont, WV, is facing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) fine for making unauthorized repairs to a gauge that uses radiation.

The gauge in question uses radiation to measure the thickness of the aluminum it produces at its facility, NRC officials said.

RELATED STORIES
NRC Fines Contractor for Reactor Incident
Criminal Charges in CA Coast Oil Spill
Dangerous Chemical Found in NH Landfill
Oil, Gas Methane Emissions Standards

The repairs occurred on two back-to-back days in September 2014, the agency said.

The Fairmont plant, an aluminum sheet and light gauge fin/foil cold rolling facility, supplies more than 70 domestic and international customers with more than 435 various products. The facility’s products see use in radiators, condensers, evaporators, heat cores, residential and commercial air conditioning, heat exchangers, refrigeration units and containers for the food service industry.

In addition to $7,000 in fines, plus the loss of a license the NRC grants for companies that use radiation daily, the engineer who ordered the work also received a “Severity Level III” violation.

The Fairmont operation acted quickly to correct the issues that resulted in the NRC penalties, said Novelis spokeswoman Fiona Bell.

“Novelis takes its responsibility for the health and safety of its employees and the residents of Fairmont very seriously,” she said.