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NFS announces upcoming alarm tests for August

Nuclear Fuel Services officials will conduct tests of the facility’s alarm systems three times over the next two weeks.
The Erwin nuclear fuel materials production facility will conduct the system drills Friday, Aug. 6, Thursday, Aug. 12, and Sunday, Aug. 15. Residents living near the plant, located off Carolina Avenue, may hear alarms intermittently during these tests.
The alarms, a company news release said, are part of NFS’ comprehensive emergency response program and do not indicate an actual emergency. Company officials said in the “unlikely event an actual incident at the plant, NFS would immediately contact local media.”
Local law-enforcement personnel have been apprised of the emergency response system tests, which are conducted to maintain the highest level of safety and security for employees and the public, the news release said.
In recent weeks, NFS has moved closer to full production once again after the plant was voluntarily shut down following troubling incidents in the fall of 2009.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved NFS to restart three of its four major lines.
The NRC will also hold a public meeting Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Erwin Town Hall at 5 p.m. to discuss the third and latest restart — the Uranium Aluminum Line. Members of the public may observe the business portion of the meeting, and a question-and-answer session for the public will follow.
NFS has operated in Erwin for nearly 55 years.