United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

2012 Individual Actions

This page includes links to files in non-HTML format. See Plugins, Viewers, and Other Tools for more information.

Brandon D. Neff (IA-12-044)

On November 6, 2012, the NRC issued Mr. Brandon D. Neff an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of three years. As a former contract supervisor at Energy Northwest’s Columbia Generating Station (Licensee), Mr. Neff engaged in deliberate misconduct by deliberately providing incomplete or inaccurate information to the licensee.  Specifically, on June 2, 2011, while employed at Columbia Generating Station he failed to comply with NRC regulations by attempting to subvert a Fitness-For-Duty drug test and by signing the Licensee's Federal Drug Testing Custody and Control Form attesting that the specimen submitted for the drug test was not adulterated in any manner.  The submittal of false information was material to the NRC because random Fitness-For-Duty drug testing is required by NRC regulations in 10 CFR Part 26, “Fitness for Duty Programs.”

Christopher Rhoads (IA-12-033)

On October 11, 2012, the NRC issued Mr. Christopher Rhoads, a radiographer’s assistant formerly employed by DBI incorporated, a Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.10 involving deliberate actions while performing radiographic operations on July 1, 2011. Specifically, Mr. Rhoads deliberately failed to (1) have at least one other individual present who is a qualified radiographer, pursuant to 10 CFR 34.41 and (2) assure that he was supervised during his conduct of radiographic operations, pursuant to 10 CFR 34.46.

Timothy M. Goold (IA-12-014)

On October 10, 2012, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order to Mr. Timothy M. Goold, former radiographer at JANX Integrity Group (JANX), Inc., confirming commitments reached as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation session. Mr. Goold agreed as part of the ADR session to refrain from engaging in NRC-licensed activities until issuance of the Confirmatory Order and then to have limited work restrictions for a 2-year period from the effective date of the Confirmatory Order. Specifically, these commitments include, but are not limited to, Mr. Goold: (1) being prohibited from engaging in NRC-licensed industrial radiographic operations without direct supervision and working in any type of supervisory position while in NRC jurisdiction; (2) notifying the NRC within 15 days of accepting employment with an NRC or Agreement State licensee and, on a weekly basis, where he will be performing radiography; and (3) taking additional training. On June 25, 2012, the NRC issued a 1-year Prohibition Order to Mr. Goold based on the NRC's determination that Mr. Goold twice engaged in deliberate misconduct in violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a)(1). First, Mr. Goold engaged in deliberate misconduct in violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a)(1) by performing radiography without a second person present causing JANX to be in violation of 10 CFR 34.41(a). Second, Mr. Goold engaged in deliberate misconduct in violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a)(1) when he avoided the NRC inspector by leaving when the inspector tried to question him regarding the whereabouts of the second qualified radiographer, causing JANX to be in violation of 10 CFR 30.52(a). The October 10, 2012, Confirmatory Order replaces the June 25, 2012, Prohibition Order issued to Mr. Goold.

James P. Chaisson (IA-12-009)

On September 10, 2012, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order (Effective Immediately) to Mr. James Chaisson to formalize commitments made as a result of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation session held on July 26, 2012. The commitments were made as part of a settlement agreement between the individual and the NRC regarding apparent violations of NRC requirements. The agreement resolves the apparent deliberate violations involving his failure to: (1) meet two NRC security requirements; and (2) store radioactive material only at a location authorized by its license. The individual agreed to a number of corrective actions, including prohibition for an eighteen-month period from the date of this Order from engaging in NRC-licensed activities, notification to the NRC of any employment with an NRC licensee for a 4-year period after the eighteen-month ban has expired, for a 5½-year period from the date of this Confirmatory Order.  Mr. Chaisson must provide, at least 3 days prior to starting work, a copy of the Order to employers who are NRC licensees, and training.

On May 15, 2012, an Order prohibiting Mr. Chaisson, a radiographer, from working in NRC jurisdiction for a period of 3 years was issued. The Order was the result of the radiographer's lack of credibility and his actions were deliberate per 10 CFR 30.10, as he caused the licensee to be violation of NRC requirements. Specifically, while employed by Texas Gamma Ray (TGR) in Rock Springs, Wyoming, he deliberately failed to comply with NRC regulations and TGR's license by storing a radiographic exposure device at a location not authorized by the license, from December 2009 to April 30, 2010. The individual requested ADR. This order was superseded by the above Confirmatory Order.

Bradley Berg (IA-12-08)

On August 10, 2012, the NRC issued Mr. Bradley Berg, a radiographer’s assistant, a Notice of Violation for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 30.10 involving Mr. Berg’s deliberate actions while performing radiographic operations for Quality Inspection and Testing, Inc. on October 27, 2010. Specifically, Mr. Berg deliberately failed to (1) maintain control and constant surveillance of licensed material that is not in storage, pursuant to 10 CFR 20.1802, and (2) wear, on the trunk of his body, a direct reading dosimeter, an operating alarm rate meter, and a personnel dosimeter, pursuant to 10 CFR 34.47(a).

Jaime Sánchez (IA-11-036)

On May 17, 2012, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation and an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC-licensed activities to Mr. Jaime Sánchez, President, S&R Engineering, S.E. (S&R). This enforcement action is based on Mr. Sánchez’s deliberate violation of 10 CFR 30.10(a)(2): he provided information to the NRC that he knew was inaccurate in some respect material to the NRC. Specifically, on August 3, 2010, Mr. Sánchez stated to the NRC that S&R’s licensed portable nuclear gauge had been transferred to another licensee and that S&R no longer possessed licensed material, when, in fact, S&R still possessed the gauge. In addition, as the President of S&R, he failed to respond to NRC correspondence and communication attempts, and failed to address or correct the misinformation that he provided on August 3, 2010. The Order prohibits Mr. Sánchez from engaging in all NRC-licensed activities for a period of five years, and requires him to notify the NRC, following completion of the five year prohibition, of his first employment involving NRC-licensed activities.

Jay T. Barnes (IA-12-003)

On April 12, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Jay T. Barnes, formerly a security shift supervisor at Northern States Power Company’s Prairie Island Nuclear Generating Plant (Prairie Island), for a violation of 10 CFR 50.5(a)(2) associated with a Severity Level III violation involving his deliberate submittal to a licensee information that he knew to be incomplete or inaccurate in some respect material to the NRC.  Specifically, while employed as a security shift supervisor at Prairie Island, Mr. Barnes deliberately submitted a urine sample to Northern States Power Company that he knew was not his own taken at the time of testing during a random drug screen on July 23, 2010.  The accuracy of fitness-for-duty test results is material to the NRC. 

Edward G. Johnson (IA-11-061)

On January 25, 2012, an immediately effective Confirmatory Order was issued to Mr. Edward G. Johnson, to confirm commitments made as a result of an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mediation session held on December 20, 2011.  As part of the ADR agreement, Mr. Johnson agreed to:  1) participate in the Entergy Remediation Plan specifically designed for him, in which he will be required to: develop a presentation and provide it to senior Palisades leadership and operations personnel on the event; interview with senior Entergy management to assess his eligibility and readiness to resume licensed duties; successfully complete 40 hours of “under instruction” watches on each shift; and, participate in a simulator scenario and associated training that include handling stressful situations and conflict management, and 2) author an article in which he will discuss the incident and lessons learned, and submit it to the Communicator (the publication for the Professional Reactor Operator Society).  Accordingly, the NRC agreed not to pursue additional enforcement action against Mr. Johnson.

Gerald Rinehart (IA-11-055)

On January 6, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Gerald Rinehart, formerly a licensed Senior Reactor Operator at Susquehanna Steam Electric Station, for a Severity Level III violation involving 10 CFR 73.56(g) which requires, in part, that any individual who is maintaining unescorted access under this section shall promptly report to his or her supervisor any legal action(s) taken by a law enforcement authority or court of law to which the individual has been subject that could result in incarceration or a court order or that requires a court appearance, including but not limited to an arrest, an indictment, the filing of charges, or a conviction. Specifically, Mr. Rinehart failed to report to his supervisor that legal action had been taken against him on July 10, 2010. Mr. Rinehart did not report the legal action until July 21, 2010, even though his first day back to work following the legal action was on July 18, 2010.

Eric L. Stone (IA-11-041)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Eric L. Stone, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level III violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct. Mr. Stone deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Stone accessed the internet, a significant number of times for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Scott Motes (IA-11-045)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Scott Motes, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Motes deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Motes accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Anthony K. Linton (IA-11-040)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Anthony K. Linton, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level III violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct. Mr. Linton deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Linton accessed the internet, a significant number of times for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Francis Guilbeau (IA-11-032)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued Mr. Francis Guilbeau an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of one year.  As a former radiographer employed by Accurate NDE & Inspection, LLC (Accurate NDE), working in NRC jurisdiction, this individual engaged in deliberate misconduct while performing radiographic operations on March 14 and March 15, 2010. Specifically, he deliberately failed to follow Accurate NDE operating procedures by attempting to retrieve a disconnected source without first contacting and obtaining authorization from the  Radiation Safety Officer that, in turn, placed Accurate NDE in violation of its Louisiana State license and 10 CFR 150.20(b)(5). Additionally, the individual deliberately provided inaccurate information on a daily radiation report involving a dose exposure for another radiographer. These actions constituted two separate violations of NRC’s rule prohibiting deliberate misconduct, 10 CFR 30.10.

Tommy S. Edwards (IA-11-044)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Tommy S. Edwards, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Edwards deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Edwards accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Terry J. Douglas (IA-11-047)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Terry J. Douglas, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Douglas deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Douglas accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Jeffery W. Coykendall (IA-11-039)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Jeffery W. Coykendall, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level III violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Coykendall deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Coykendall accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Louis F. Brown, III (IA-11-046)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Louis F. Brown, III, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Brown deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Brown accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Terry N. Blanchard (IA-11-043)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Terry N. Blanchard, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Blanchard deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Blanchard accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Steve L. Bibb (IA-11-042)

On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Steve L. Bibb, a licensed operator at the River Bend Station for a Severity Level IV violation involving 10 CFR 50.5, Deliberate misconduct.  Mr. Bibb deliberately violated an Entergy Nuclear Fleet Procedure which prohibits internet access in the At-the-Controls area of the Control Room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager and caused the River Bend Station to be in violation of Technical Specifications.  Specifically, Mr. Bibb accessed the internet, for non-work-related purposes, while standing watch as the reactor operator “At-the-Controls” in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Wednesday, November 13, 2013