2014 Individual Actions
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On July 9, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Gary Meekins, a former licensed reactor operator at the Salem Nuclear Generating Station, for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 55.53(j) and 10 CFR 50.5(a)(1). Specifically, on February 28, 2014, Mr. Meekins participated in the PSEG Nuclear, LLC random fitness-for-duty (FFD) testing program and subsequently tested positive for an illegal substance. He also admitted, during an interview with the NRC's Office of Investigations, to using an illegal drug prior to the random FFD test and on an unspecified date in 2010.
On May 14, 2014, the NRC issued Richard B. Smith, a former senior reactor operator at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (Grand Gulf), an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of five years. Specifically, on July 18, 2013, Mr. Smith tested positive for an illegal substance during a random fitness-for-duty (FFD) test, a violation of 10 CFR Part 55.53(d) and (j). Grand Gulf planned to reinstate Mr. Smith and allow him to perform licensed duties contingent on his successful completion of a substance abuse treatment program and the passing of additional medical evaluations. However, after receiving unescorted access by the licensee and prior to allowing him to perform licensed activities, Mr. Smith tested positive on a second FFD test resulting in a second violation of 10 CFR 55.53(d) and (j). On December 11, 2013, the NRC terminated Mr. Smith's license.
On April 14, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Douglas D. Stouffer, a licensed reactor operator at the Quad Cities Nuclear Power Station, for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 55.53(j). Specifically, on August 21, 2013, Mr. Stouffer participated in the Exelon Generation Company's random fitness-for-duty testing program and subsequently tested positive for an illegal substance.
On March 10, 2014, the NRC issued Mr. Michael P. Cooley an Order prohibiting involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of 5 years. While employed at Summer Nuclear Station, Mr. Cooley submitted a signed Personal History Questionnaire (PHQ) to the licensee access authorization staff as part of his application for Unescorted Access Authorization. Mr. Cooley deliberately failed to report an arrest for arson in the PHQ criminal history information section which was necessary for the access authorization staff to consider in making determinations regarding his trustworthiness and reliability. In addition, he deliberately submitted information to the licensee that he knew to be incomplete or inaccurate, in violation of the requirements of 10 CFR 50.5(a)(2). Specifically, in response to a request by access authorization staff for documentation to support his assertion that arson charges against him had been dismissed, he submitted a forged document that purported to reflect the dismissal of those charges by a Mississippi county court. At the time he submitted this document, the arson charges against him were pending.
On February 24, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Lane McHugh, a former licensed reactor operator at the Limerick Generating Station, for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 55.53(j). Specifically, on August 21, 2013, Mr. Stouffer participated in the Exelon Generation Company's random fitness-for-duty testing program and subsequently tested positive for alcohol. Exelon requested and the NRC granted the termination of his license.
On January 13, 2014, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation to Mr. John Amburgey, formerly employed as a security officer at the Surry Power Station (SPS), for deliberate misconduct that caused SPS to be in violation of 10 CFR 73.55(i)(5)(ii), which states, in part, that licensees provide continuous surveillance, observation, and monitoring of the owner controlled area as described in their physical security plan. Specifically, co-workers detected the odor of alcohol on his breath and immediately reported this observation to site security supervision. In response, he was promptly for-cause tested for alcohol, and test results confirmed a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.139 percent. Because his BAC exceeded the 10 CFR 26.103 limit of 0.04 percent, SPS declared the test result for alcohol as a confirmed positive test and relieved him of duty. Based on the confirmed positive test, and the fact that he had been on duty approximately 5 hours into his shift as an armed security officer, SPS declared him unfit for duty and unable to effectively perform his assigned security duties.