TWCA then tested all the tubes in the batch and ultimately rejected 17.
Although one company metallurgist admitted in a deposition that TWCA's failure to give tubes sufficient corrosion resistance could affect its customers' attempts to build reliable rods, TWCA defends its quality control process by saying that it is customer driven.
Although GE canceled a TWCA contract for zirconium alloy tubes in the late 1980s, it is still probable that TWCA-manufactured rods, given their shelf and reactor life, are on line in GE reactors.
When Chris Hall filed his 1991 complaint, the NRC investigated the TWCA plant for the first time in the history of its operation.
According to data offered by the TWCA, it has been estimated that demand for water has increased more three times in the past 50 years, and will continue to increase in the decades ahead.
TWCA recognizes and promotes plants that can thrive using limited amounts of water, helping to preserve our water resources.
TWCA co-ordinator Norma Chennells said: "The setting up of the TWCA was the culmination of two and a half years of hard work by Topss North East and the Learning and Skills Council Tyne & Wear.
This is a very exciting time for the TWCA and we are hopeful that a second round of advertising in the Chronicle will prove as successful as the first and will result in an equally high calibre of applicant for these important jobs.
Bob Little, regional development officer for Topss North East, said: "We are delighted that the hard work put in by Topss and the Learning and Skills Council paid off so handsomely and that the TWCA is now well on in its development.
The recruitment of all of the network development officers will allow the TWCA to take its work to another level.
With the MOEA's approval, the TWCA can issue certificates for business clients to access the integrated e-invoice service platform through the Commerce Department's eTax portal.
TWCA said businesses given its certificate can use e-banking services offered by various financial institutions, including transfer money to facilitate payment and collection.