Ten days after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission sent a letter outlining corrective actions to be taken at the Westinghouse nuclear fuel processing facility in Columbia, S.C., the company announced changes in leadership at the plant.
The incident in question revolves around an accumulation of an unexplained amount of radioactive material built up in an air scrubber at the facility. The incident did not involve risk to humans or to the environment, the regulator has said, but it has resulted in a processing hiatus at the plant where corrective measures include a full analysis of how the accumulation occurred, staff training and updating maintenance procedures and equipment, as needed.
Westinghouse said Monday that there would be a series of executive leadership transitions at the Nuclear Fuel and Components Manufacturing organization, including placing Michele DeWitt into the position of interim senior vice president of the organization, which includes the Columbia Fuel Fabrication Facility (CFFF).
Mike Annacone remains the lead of recovery efforts for CFFF's-1030 scrubber issue and will report to DeWitt, the company said. Annacone “is fully committed to the safe and successful restart and recovery of this conversion area of the site,” Westinghouse said. Following the restart, Annacone will be the appointed site vice president of the CFFF and retain a reporting relationship to DeWitt.
DeWitt currently works as vice president of Global Commercial and Marketing. She began her career at Westinghouse in 1978 and has held numerous positions there, including serving as vice president of U.S. Fuel Operations, which included responsibility for fuel fabrication and components manufacturing.
During the restart and recovery period at the facility, interim site vice president Bruce Phillips will continue to maintain his role, the company said.
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