Workers Back at GE Nuclear Fuel Plant

Thursday, July 28, 2011 @ 11:07 AM gHale

Workers at General Electric Corp.’s Global Nuclear Fuels in Castle Hayne, NC, will return to work this Friday.

About 250 people have been off the job since last week, when GE Nuclear stopped production at the facility after an equipment malfunction in its warning system. The malfunction did not impact health or safety, according to a GE spokesperson.

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GE reported the malfunction to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last week. The report said the delayed audible alarm actuation was in existence in May and June this year, but they did not adequately identify it.

Now while still testing the repaired system, GE said workers can return later this week. The return does not mean workers will go back to manufacturing. No return date has been set yet to resume actual production.

“Those employees that have been affected by the closure will return to work on Friday, July 29. Employees will attend safety training and work on various projects around the site, including plant environment improvements,” GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Spokesperson Michael Tetuan said.

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