EnergySolutions does partial restart at Erwin waste-handling facility; full operations by Jan. 15

EnergySolutions spokesman Mark Walker today confirmed that the company’s Erwin, Tenn., resin-processing facility — the scene of a fatal accident in October — had resumed partial operations a week ago and plans to resume full activities by mid-January.

“The Erwin facility voluntarily suspended operations on October 14.  The company conducted an internal investigation using managers and safety professionals from around the company,” Walker said in an email response. “Tennessee OSHA also conducted an investigation and agreed with EnergySolutions management that Erwin could restart under EnergySolutions management (LP&D President, John Christian) direction.”

Walker said the company assigned an independent restart team to develop and oversee activities “to ensure the plant and staff were fully ready to resume operational activities.”

He added: “The entire staff and management team worked enthusiastically to complete the restart prerequisites and demonstrate their readiness.  A readiness assessment was performed and the EnergySolutions management authorized the Erwin facility  to restart certain shipping, receiving, and processing activities effective Dec. 3, 2014.  The Erwin facility is expected to resume its full complement of operations no later than Jan. 15, 2015.”

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