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Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
James P. Chaisson
IA-12-009
IAORDER 09/10/2012

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 This order was superseded by the above Confirmatory Order.

Michael P. Cooley
IA-12-045
IAORDER 03/10/2014

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.

Jeffery W. Coykendall
IA-11-039
IANOV 01/05/2012 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.
Daniel Culver
IA-09-025
IAORDER 12/01/2009 On December 1, 2009, an Order was issued to Mr. Daniel Culver, a former maintenance supervisor at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station (Peach Bottom), prohibiting him from involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of three years from the date the Order was issued. This enforcement action is based on Mr. Culver's deliberate failure to provide complete and accurate information on a personnel history questionnaire used to obtain unescorted access authorization at Peach Bottom. Specifically, Mr. Culver provided inaccurate information regarding his rank in the military, his history of misconduct in the military, and the nature of his military discharge. Mr. Culver also listed a peer, who was also a personal friend, as a former supervisor on his application for employment, even though this individual was not Mr. Culver's supervisor at the time he submitted his application. This represents a violation of 10 CFR 50.5(a)(2), which, in part, prohibits licensee employees from deliberately submitting to a licensee information that the person knows to be incomplete or inaccurate in some respect material to the NRC.
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