NRC inspection raises safety concerns at Honeywell
METROPOLIS, Ill. — Unsettling news from the nuclear regulatory commission: it turns out a local chemical plant might not be as safe as it claimed to be.
A spokesperson with the NRC said after an inspection examining how the Metropolis, Illinois Honeywell plant would fare in an earthquake or tornado, they determined a natural disaster could result in a higher risk to the public than assumed.
The inspection also showed Honeywell may have underestmated the amount of uranium hexafluoride that could be released into the environment during a natural disaster.
The plant is in shut down mode and the NRC says the issue doesn't impact safety concerns at this time.
The company agreed not to restart operations until the safety concerns have been resolved.