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Aerotest Radiography and Research Reactor Facility - Docket No. 050-00228

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-13-108
Aerotest Operations, Inc.
NOV
(SL III)
12/18/2013 On December 18, 2013, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation to Aerotest Operations, Inc. involving the failure to implement Technical Specification 10.2. Specifically, for an indeterminate period of time beginning at a point after the last full fuel inspection in 2006 until October 15, 2010, when the facility ceased reactor operation, the licensee operated the reactor with significant defects in the fuel elements. During fuel inspections conducted following reactor shutdown, twenty two fuel elements were identified as having varying degrees of cracking in the aluminum cladding, representing a significant defect in the fuel elements and loss of the integrity of a fission product barrier.
EA-13-097
Aerotest Operations, Inc.
ORDER 07/19/2013 On July 19, 2013, the NRC issued a letter to Aerotest Operations, Inc. denying an application for license renewal of the Aerotest Radiography and Research Reactor license because Aerotest is owned by a foreign corporation.  The staff also denied an application for transfer of the license.  As a result, on July 24, 2013, NRC issued an order prohibiting Aerotest from operating the reactor and placing the facility and its licensed material in a possession-only condition.  The order also requires submission of an updated decommissioning plan and updated decommission funding.

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Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00313; 050-00368

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-14-008
Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2
NOV
(Yellow)
06/23/2014 On June 23, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy) for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion V, "Instructions, Procedures and Drawings," associated with a Yellow Significance Determination Process finding at Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1, and a Yellow Significance Determination Process finding at Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 2, involving the March 31, 2013, Unit 1 stator drop that affected safety-related equipment on both units.  Specifically, Entergy approved a design for the temporary hoisting assembly that was not supported by detailed drawings, specifications, evaluations, and/or certifications as required by Entergy Quality Procedure EN-MA-119, "Material Handling Program."  As a result, on March 31, 2013, while lifting and transferring the main generator stator, the temporary overhead crane collapsed causing the 525-ton Unit 1 stator to fall on and extensively damage portions of the plant, including safety-related equipment.
EA-12-275
Arkansas Nuclear One
NOV
(SL III)
06/10/2013 On June 10, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy) for a Severity Level III violation of NRC Regulations.  Between December 14, 2010 and January 11, 2012, the licensee failed to maintain information required by the Commission's regulations as complete and accurate in all material respects.  Specifically, a senior emergency planner formerly employed by Arkansas Nuclear One, deliberately falsified documents regarding the performance of Emergency Preparedness drills and communication surveillances.  The senior emergency planner documented that the drills and surveillances were completed when they had not actually been performed. These actions caused Arkansas Nuclear One to be in violation of 10 CFR 50.9(a), which requires, in part, that information provided to the Commission by the licensee, or information required by the Commission's regulations to be maintained by a licensee, shall be complete and accurate in all material respects.
EA 13-031
Arkansas Nuclear 1
ORDER 03/20/2013 On March 20, 2013, a Confirmatory Order was issued to Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy), confirming Entergy’s commitment to submit a license amendment request to transition Arkansas Nuclear One, Unit 1 to the National Fire Protection Association Standard 805.  Entergy had originally planned to submit its application on August 31, 2012.  The NRC reviewed Entergy’s justification for the delay, and accepted the proposed new submittal date of January 31, 2014.
EA-03-016
Arkansas Nuclear 1
NOV
(White)
04/07/2004 On April 7, 2004, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the use of unapproved operator manual actions for achieving and maintaining hot shutdown conditions in the event of a fire in particular fire zones. The violation cited the licensee's failure to comply with fire protection regulations in 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2 requiring that cables and equipment of redundant trains of systems necessary to achieve and maintain hot shutdown conditions remain free of fire damage.
EA-00-081
Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
06/15/2000 On June 15, 2000, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation based on (1) inadequate design control over changes made to the pump bearing housing material and the viscosity of the bearing lubricating oil; and (2) the above changes resulting in the pumps being inoperable from January 28 to February 5, 2000, when service water cooling temperatures were below 42 degrees F.
EA-97-382
Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
11/18/1997 Inadequate steam generator tube defect analysis.
EA-96-512
Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
04/09/1997 The action was based on a Severity Level III problem consisting of: 1) a failure to maintain an adequate lube oil collection system for reactor coolant pumps, which resulted in oil accumulation on fibrous insulation, creating the potential for a fire; and 2) a failure in two instances to take prompt action to identify and correct conditions which resulted in the fire.
EA-96-274
Arkansas Nuclear 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
09/06/1996 Licensee maintenance personnel failed to follow procedures which resulted in a main steam safety valve sticking open.

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