By EMERY P. DALESIO
AP Business Writer
RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission has fined a General Electric nuclear facility in North Carolina $45,000 for what the agency said were multiple violations including management shortcomings.
A spokesman for Wilmington-based GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy said Thursday the violations involved a contractor's employee working at the company's Global Nuclear Fuels facility. Spokesman Christopher White said the fines were paid earlier this month.
The NRC provided The Associated Press with a redacted copy of its violation letter to GE-Hitachi following a Freedom of Information Act request.
Edwin Lyman of the Union of Concerned Scientists says the NRC very rarely imposes fines, so the issue was probably serious.
The GE-Hitachi fuels facility is an experiment to find out whether it is feasible to enrich uranium with lasers instead of costlier centrifuges.
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