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Name and
NRC Action Number
NRC Action Type Date Issued Description
Jaime Sánchez
IA-11-036
IANOV & IAORDER 05/17/2012 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.
Joseph S. Shepherd
IA-13-038

Response and Issuance of Erratum to Order (April 8, 2014)
The erratum corrected the description of the work Mr. Shepherd's employer was engaged in, but did not change the conditions in the Order.
IANOV & IAORDER 12/23/2013 On December 23, 2013, the NRC issued Mr. Joseph S. Shepherd, owner of Foss Therapy Services, an Order conditioning involvement in NRC-licensed activities and Notice of Violation (Notice) associated with a willful failure to adhere to some of the conditions set forth in NRC Order IA-08-014. Specifically, on April 13, 2012, Mr. Shepherd, with careless disregard, failed to notify his customer of NRC Order IA-08-014 and did not make the Order available to them. This current Order, NRC Order IA-13-038, conditions Mr. Shepherd's involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of 3 years, and also requires certain documentation for an additional year. Under this Order, before beginning work in NRC jurisdiction, Mr. Shepherd must notify customers of NRC Order IA-08-014 and make it available for their review, must provide future employers with a copy of the Order and must also notify the NRC no less than 5 business days before conducting licensed activities within NRC jurisdiction. The provisions above will remain in effect for 3 years from the effective date of the Order. Mr. Shepherd must also determine whether the customer is under NRC jurisdiction, document his determination and state the basis for his determination. The provision will remain in effect for 3 years from the effective date of the Order. The documentation of this requirement must be maintained for a period of 4 years from the effective date of the Order. The NRC also issued a Severity Level III Notice for Mr. Shepherd's failure to follow certain conditions set forth in NRC Order IA-08-014.
Joseph S. Shepherd
IA-08-014
IAORDER 09/08/2008 On September 8, 2008, a Confirmatory Order (Effective Immediately) was issued to Mr. Joseph S. Shepherd, a contractor for Source Production and Equipment Company (SPEC), confirming commitments reached as part of conjoined negotiations with the Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result of the plea negotiations with DOJ, Mr. Shepherd agreed to not contest the Order. The Order was issued based on Mr. Shepherd's failure to comply with certain NRC Certificate of Compliance (CoC) requirements regarding a shipping package and his engagement in deliberate misconduct which caused SPEC to be in violation of 10 CFR 71.3. Specifically, SPEC, an NRC licensee pursuant to 10 CFR Part 110, shipped licensed radioactive material to Mexico on July 15, 2003, December 4, 2003, and May 20, 2004 while (1) the end caps were physically and dimensionally different from those approved in the CoC, and (2) the package was not inspected prior to shipment as required by the CoC. Mr. Shepherd agreed that he authorized modifications to the transportation package without prior NRC approval and that he concealed these package non-conformances from SPEC at the time of the shipments. Mr. Shepherd also agreed that he did not perform inspections of the shipping package as required by the CoC prior to the shipments to Mexico, but provided SPEC documentation which indicated that he performed the required inspections. As a result, SPEC, which relied on Mr. Shepherd's representations that the shipping package complied with all regulatory requirements, shipped NRC licensed material without a license in violation of 10 CFR 71.3. The Order and DOJ agreement will prohibit Mr. Shepherd from participating in 10 CFR Part 71 licensed activities indefinitely. He also will (1) be subject to additional unannounced inspections for five years from the date of the Order, (2) notify and make available copies of the Order to customers, (3) attend additional regulatory safety training, and (4) prepare a presentation for an industry conference describing the circumstances of his violations.
Eric L. Stone
IA-11-041
IANOV 01/05/2012 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.
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