2007 Reactor Actions
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On December 7, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for violations associated with a White Significance Determination finding involving a violation of 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI, and a violation of the Fort Calhoun Technical Specifications. Specifically, the licensee failed to promptly identify and correct a significant condition adverse to quality involving high resistance across the field flash contacts of a relay in the Train A emergency diesel generator voltage regulator circuit and failed to provide a written procedure for maintenance that could affect the performance of safety-related EDG voltage regulator relay auxiliary contacts.
On November 27, 2007, a Notice of Violation and Exercise of Discretion for Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $65,000 was issued for a Severity Level III problem consisting of four violations involving the licensee’s failure to comply with 10 CFR 74.19 between 1959 and 2007. In summary, the licensee failed to (a) keep complete records showing the inventory (including location and unique identity), transfer, and disposal of all special nuclear material (SNM) in its possession; (b) establish, maintain, and follow written MC&A procedures that were sufficient to enable the licensee to account for SNM in its possession; and (c) conduct a physical inventory of all SNM in its possession at intervals not to exceed 12 months. This resulted in the failure to account for two fuel pellets and a number of incore detectors containing SNM.
On October 12, 2007, a Severity Level III Notice of Violation and Exercise of Enforcement Discretion were issued to South Carolina Electric and Gas Company (SCE&G). The violation resulted from changes the licensee made to its Emergency Plan between October 1980 and July 2006. Contrary to 10 CFR 50.54(q) which allows a licensee to make changes to emergency plans without Commission approval when such changes do not decrease the effectiveness of the plans and the plans, as changed, continue to meet the standards of 10 CFR 50.47(b), SCE&G made changes without Commission approval which decreased the effectiveness of their Emergency Plan and resulted in the use of a non-standard scheme of Emergency Action levels.