NFS Erwin plant undergoes security changes

ERWIN, Tenn. (AP) -- The general manager of Nuclear Fuel Services says the company is taking steps to improve safety at its East Tennessee plant.

A recent review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission showed a need for better management oversight at the plant, citing an increase in violations and a decline in performance.

The Erwin plant makes nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy and converts surplus bomb-grade uranium into commercial reactor fuel for the Tennessee Valley Authority.

In response, manager Tim Lindstrom said Thursday the company has increased supervisory and management observation and has seen improvements.

The company promoted John Nagy to vice president and chief nuclear safety officer. He is in charge of overseeing regulatory safety and licensing activities.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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