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Callaway - Docket No. 050-00483

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-03-060
Callaway
NOV
(White)
06/20/2003 On June 20, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the licensee's emergency planning. The violation cited the failure to establish the means to notify certain members of the public in the emergency planning zone in the event of an emergency at the Callaway plant.
EA-02-046
Callaway
NOV
(White)
04/09/2002 On April 9, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the failure of an auxiliary feedwater pump. The violation cited the licensee's failure to promptly identify and correct a significant condition adverse to quality, involving the potential for foreign material to be in the auxiliary feedwater system and condensate storage tank.
EA-01-130
Callaway
NOV
(White)
07/23/2001 On July 23, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP inspection finding involving the essential service water (ESW) pump. The violation cited the inoperability of one essential service water trains for approximately 132 hours.
EA-01-005
Callaway
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
05/14/2001 On May 14, 2001, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $55,000 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the Wachenhut Corporation, a contractor of Union Electric (see EA 01-006), and Union Electric discriminating against a security officer and training instructor for having engaged in protected activity.
EA-00-208
Callaway
NOV
(White)
01/09/2001 On January 9, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with three White SDP findings involving performance deficiencies in the licensee's procedures and engineering controls designed to achieve occupational doses that are as low as is reasonably achievable (ALARA).

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Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00317; 050-00318

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-14-100
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
10/27/2014 On October 27, 2014, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Exelon Generation Company, LLC for a violation of 10 CFR 50.54, "Conditions of Licenses," and risk significant planning standard 10 CFR 50.47(b)(4) associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding. This violation involved Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (CCNPP) staff incorporating incorrect threshold values into its emergency action levels (EALs). Specifically, during the replacement of the Unit 2 main steam line radiation monitors, CCNPP's staff inaccurately calculated the associated EALs effluent threshold values for the Alert, Site Area Emergency, and General Emergency classifications. These thresholds were subsequently incorporated into Table R-1, "Effluent Monitor Classification Threshold" of the EALs. This calculation error could have resulted in an over-classification of an event, an unnecessary protective action recommendation, and could have caused offsite response organizations to implement unnecessary protective actions for the public. The finding is also associated with violation of NRC requirements specified in 10 CFR 50.54(q)(2), 10 CFR 50.47(b)(4), and 10 CFR 50, Appendix E. Immediate corrective actions taken to restore compliance included, upon discovery of the incorrect values included entering the issue into the corrective action program, implementing appropriate compensatory actions, and initiating corrective actions to revise the EAL table.
EA-10-080
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
08/03/2010 On August 3, 2010, the NRC issued a White Significance Determination finding with an associated violation to Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant (Calvert Cliffs). This White finding involved the licensee's failure to develop and implement scheduled preventive maintenance for Agastat E7000 series time delay relays, as required by Technical Specification 5.4.1. Specifically, subsequent to the approval of Engineering Change Package No. ES200100067, issued in March 2001, the licensee did not replace the relays within the vendor recommended 10-year lifetime, nor establish a performance monitoring program. Consequently, on February 18, 2010, an Agastat E7000 series time delay relay that had a lifetime in excess of 10 years, used in the 2B emergency diesel generator (EDG) protective logic, timed out early and failed to support a demand fast start and run of the 2B EDG. This resulted in the EDG becoming inoperable with the resultant loss of alternating current to the 24 safeguards bus during the dual unit trip that occurred on February 18, 2010.
EA-08-351
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
04/03/2009 On April 3, 2009, a Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued to Constellation Energy for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding at Calvert Cliffs. Specifically, the licensee failed to maintain in effect Emergency Plans that met the requirements of 10 CFR 50.47(b)(4) and 10 CFR 50, Appendix E. An emergency action level table used by operators to assess the functionality of the containment barrier during an accident contained an inaccurate threshold for identifying a potential loss of the containment barrier. This error could have adversely impacted the licensee's ability to accurately classify an emergency condition.
EA-06-198
Calvert Cliffs 1
NOV
(White)
10/27/2006 On October 27, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a WHITE significance determination process finding involving inadequate design control during the establishment of the over-current trip setting for an electrical circuit breaker that supplies power to the support systems for the 1A emergency diesel generator (EDG). The violation was cited against 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion III, "Design Control," because the licensee failed to ensure that design control measures provided for verifying or checking the adequacy of the design when Calvert Cliffs modified the on-site electrical distribution design by installing a new 1A EDG in 1996.
EA-02-159
Calvert Cliffs
NOV
(White)
09/09/2002 On September 9, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a white SDP finding involving the inability of 49 sirens that were part of the licensee's alert and notification system to activate in a timely manner. The violation cited the licensee's inability to complete the initial notification of the public with the plume exposure pathway emergency planning zone within about 15 minutes after declaring an emergency.
EA-02-138
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
08/19/2002 On August 19, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a white SDP finding involving the failure to adequately prepare a radioactive material shipment to a waste processing facility. The violation cited the licensee's failure to meet transportation requirements for preparing radioactive material for shipment such that external radiation levels on the surface of the package do not exceed allowable levels under conditions normally incident to transportation.
EA-01-206
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(Yellow)
09/19/2001 On September 19, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a Yellow SDP finding involving the failure of the auxiliary feedwater pump (AFW) turbine bearing. The violation cited the licensee's failure to follow procedures involving reassembly of the AFW pump outboard bearing housing.
EA-98-280
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
09/02/1998 Failures to properly implement radiological control procedures.
EA-98-106
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
03/20/1998 Airborne Contamination.
EA-97-192
Calvert Cliffs 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL II)

$176,000
08/11/1997 Programmatic breakdown in the area of Radiation Protection during operations.
EA-96-179
Calverts Cliffs 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$50,000
07/25/1996 Appendix R deficiency. Redundant elec surge room served by common HVAC duct, fire dampers closed such that a fire in one room stop HVAC to non-fire room.

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Catawba 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00413; 050-00414

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-12-153
Catawba Nuclear Station
NOV
(White)
10/11/2012 On October 11, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC (DEC) for a violation of Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.1, "AC Sources - Operating," associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding involving DEC’s failure to maintain two qualified circuits between the offsite transmission network and the Onsite Essential Auxiliary Power System operable when operating in MODES 1, 2, 3 or 4.  Specifically, from July 23, 2011, until November 11, 2011, when operating in MODE 1, one qualified circuit between the offsite transmission network and the Onsite Essential Auxiliary Power System was inoperable, and from November 11, 2011, until April 4, 2012, when operating in MODES 1, 2, 3, or 4, two qualified circuits between the offsite transmission network and the Onsite Essential Auxiliary Power System were inoperable.
EA-04-189
Catawba 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
01/24/2005 On January 24, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to provide complete and accurate information involving a proposed amendment to allow the radiation of four mixed oxide lead test assemblies.
EA-99-094
Catawba 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
07/22/1999 Violation involving the misalignment of two electrical breakers that rendered the Standby Shutdown System (SSS) inoperable.
EA-98-208
Catawba 1 & 2
NOV
(SL III)
06/11/1998 Programmatic breakdown in following procedures for the administrative and surveillance system.

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Clinton - Docket No. 050-00461

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-06-291
Clinton
NOV
(White)
02/07/2006 On February 7, 2007, a Notice of Violation associated with a White Significance Determination Finding was issued involving the failure to select an appropriate method for calculating the minimum elevation (i.e., the analytical level) of water above the high pressure core spray (HPCS) pump suction line to preclude vortex formation and subsequent air entrainment in the pump's suction. As a result, the analytical level would result in significant air entrainment potentially causing the HPCS to be incapable of completing its safety function.
EA-03-030
Clinton
NOV
(SL III)
05/06/2003 On May 6, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NRC regarding pre-existing medical conditions of two initial reactor operator license candidates.
EA-01-147
Clinton
NOV
(White)
08/22/2001 On August 22, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding. The violation involved the licensee's failure to correct self-identified deficiencies disclosed through control room communicator drills in 1999 and 2000.
EA-98-464
Clinton
NOV
(SL III)
09/30/1999 Deliberate misconduct involving discrimination against a QV inspector for raising safety concern.
EA-97-132
Clinton
NOVCP
(SL III)

$110,000
08/01/1997 Failure to take corrective actions regarding hardened grease/lubrication problems in circuit breakers.
EA-96-412
Clinton
NOVCP
(SL II & III)

$450,000
06/09/1997 Numerous procedure problems, non-conservative decision, surveillance problems, and management ineffectiveness.

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Columbia Generating Station - Docket No. 050-00397

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-12-092
Columbia Generating Station
NOV
(SL III & White)
10/24/2012 On October 24, 2012, the NRC issued two White findings with associated violations and a Notice of Violation (NOV) for a Severity Level III violation to Energy Northwest (licensee) as a result of an inspection at the Columbia Generating Station. The first White finding involved the failure to maintain a standard emergency action level scheme in accordance with 10 CFR 50.47(b)(4). The second White finding involved the failure to maintain adequate methods for assessing and monitoring actual or potential offsite consequences of a radiological emergency condition in accordance with 10 CFR 50.47(b)(9). A Severity Level III violation was assessed for the licensee’s failure to recognize that their identified inaccuracies in the dose projection system was a major loss of emergency assessment capability and did not report it to the NRC in accordance with 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). The licensee has informed the NRC that multiple corrective actions are in place and/or planned.
EA-02-107
Columbia Generating Station
NOV
(White)
06/24/2002 On June 24, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the degradation of multiple safety-related and important-to-safety breakers that were replaced during a refueling outage in June 2001. The violation cited the licensee's failure to establish adequate design control measures and the failure to assure that conditions adverse to quality be promptly identified and corrected.
EA-01-236
Columbia Generating Station
NOV
(Yellow)
12/28/2001 On December 28, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issue for a violation associated with a Yellow SDP finding involving the failure to follow and maintain emergency plans and procedures to meet required emergency planning requirements.

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Comanche Peak 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00445; 050-00446

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-08-028
Comanche Peak 1
NOV
(White)
02/29/2008 On February 29, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination Finding involving a violation of the Unit 1 Technical Specification (TS) 3.8.1, "AC Sources - Operating," which requires that while the plant is in Modes 1, 2, 3, or 4, two diesel generators (DGs) capable of supplying the onsite Class 1E power distribution subsystem(s) shall be operable. From November 1, 2007, through November 21, 2007, while the plant was in Mode 1, one of the two DGs capable of supplying the onsite Class 1E power distribution subsystem(s) was inoperable, and action was not taken to either restore the DG to an operable status within 72 hours or be in Mode 3 within 6 hours and Mode 5 within 36 hours. Specifically, Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 1-02 was made inoperable as a result of painting activities due to paint having been deposited and remaining on at least one fuel rack in a location that prevented motion required to support the operation of the EDG. This condition caused EDG 1-02 to fail to start during a surveillance test on November 21, 2007.
EA-04-009
Comanche Peak 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
02/13/2004 On February 13, 2004, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving a steam generator tube flaw that could have resulted in failure of the tube during postulated initiating events. The violation cited the licensee's failure to promptly identify and correct a condition adverse to quality (a steam generator tube flaw).
EA-01-304
Comanche Peak 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
02/21/2002 On February 21, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving 11 examples in which radiological surveys to detect radioactivity required by Technical Specification procedures were not adequate. The violation cited the licensee's failure in allowing items containing detectable activity to be released from a radiologically controlled area.

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Cooper - Docket No. 050-00298

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-11-024
Cooper
NOV
(White)
06/10/2011 On June 10, 2011, the NRC issued a violation of 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI and Criterion V, associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding involving the failure to establish measures to assure a condition adverse to quality was corrected and ensure the activities affecting quality were prescribed by documented procedures appropriate to the circumstances. Specifically, Violation 05000298/2008008-1, dated June 13, 2008, identified a condition adverse to quality in that two procedures would not work as written. While correcting that violation, the licensee failed to perform sufficient evaluation of the circuits to identify and correct a problem with three motor-operated valves needed to establish core cooling. Failure to correct the condition adverse to quality resulted in inadequate procedures in that they contained steps that were inappropriate to the circumstances because they would not work as written to reposition the three motor-operated valves.
EA-08-124
Cooper
NOV
(White)
08/01/2008 On August 1, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination Finding to Nebraska Public Power District involving a violation of Technical Specifications which requires that written procedures be established, implemented, and maintained. Specifically, an inadequate work order instruction and maintenance procedure resulted in a loose electrical connection on an emergency diesel generator and the subsequent failure of the diesel generator.
EA-07-204
Cooper
NOV
(White)
06/13/2008 On June 13, 2008, a Notice of Violation (NOV) was issued for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination Finding involving a violation of 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion V, "Instructions, Procedures, and Drawings." Specifically, between 1997 and June, 2007, the licensee failed to ensure that two emergency operating procedures which were used to bring the plant to a safe shutdown condition in the event of certain postulated fire scenarios would work as written. Additionally, the licensee failed to properly verify and validate procedure steps to ensure that they would work to accomplish the necessary actions.
EA-07-090
Cooper
NOV
(White)
08/17/2007 On August 17, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination Finding involving a violation 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI. The licensee failed to establish measures to promptly identify and correct a significant condition adverse to quality (SCAQ) and failed to assure that the cause of a SCAQ was determined and corrective action taken to preclude repetition. Specifically, the licensee's inadequate procedural guidance for evaluating the suitability of parts used in safety related applications presented an opportunity in which the licensee failed to promptly identify a defective voltage regulator circuit board used in Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) 2 prior to its installation. Following installation of the defective EDG 2 voltage regulator circuit board, the licensee failed to determine the cause of two high voltage conditions, and failed to take corrective action to preclude repetition. As a result, an additional high voltage condition occurred resulting in a failure of EDG 2.
EA-04-120
Cooper
NOV
(White)
06/25/2004 On June 25, 2004, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving a high failure rate on the licensed operator biennial requalification written examinations. The violation cited the failure to consistently implement all elements of a systems approach to training in the licensed operator requalification program.
EA-01-298
Cooper
NOV
(White)
03/26/2002 On March 26, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving operator requalification examinations. The violation was based on the licensee's practice that compromised the integrity of the requalification biennial written examinations.
EA-01-231
Cooper
NOV
(White)
03/01/2002 On March 1, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for two violations associated with two White SDP findings involving Cooper's emergency plans. The first violation cited the licensee's failure to notify state and local government agencies within the required time following the declaration of an alert. The second violation cited the failure of the licensee's onsite emergency plan to provide timely augmentation of response capabilities, including recurring problems in activating the automated notification system and staffing the emergency response facilities in a timely manner.
EA-01-154
Cooper
NOV
(White)
08/13/2001 On August 13, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding. The violation involved the failure to correct a risk-significant performance weakness that was identified in an emergency planning exercise in August 2000, such that it repeated during an April 2001 drill.
EA-97-424
Cooper
NOVCP
(SL III)

$110,000
12/01/1997 Corrective action program deficiencies.
EA-97-017
Cooper
NOV
(SL III)
06/25/1997 FSAR inaccuracies and post-ATWS operating procedures.
EA-96-488
Cooper
NOV
(SL III)
12/20/1996 Failing to include a DC power source for RCIC turbine trip throttle valve.
EA-96-307
Cooper
NOV
(SL III)
11/20/1996 The action was based on eight apparent violations of access authorization requirements, most of which had been identified by NPPD following a change in management of the security program in late 1995.
EA-96-202
Cooper
NOV
(SL III)
09/30/1996 Possible deliberate violation of procedures by operators in rod mispositioning event.
EA-96-062
Cooper
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
04/17/1996 Significantly altering the material characteristics of the blowout panels resulting in an unreviewed safety question.

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Crystal River 3 - Docket No. 050-00302

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-11-208
Crystal River 3
NOV
(White)
12/20/2011 On December 20, 2011, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Progress Energy for a violation of 10 CFR 50.54(q) associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding involving the failure of Crystal River personnel to maintain in effect a standard emergency classification scheme which included facility effluent parameters.  Specifically, for several years prior to June 2011, the General Emergency classification contained effluent radiation monitors threshold values greater than that which the instruments could accurately measure.  During an actual emergency, these monitors would have been relied upon to determine initial offsite response measures, to assess the impact of the release of radioactive materials, and to provide criteria for determining the need for notification and participation of local and State agencies.
EA-05-114
Crystal River 3
NOV
(White)
09/21/2005 On September 21, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving unprotected post-fire safe shutdown cables and related non-feasible local manual operations actions. The violation cited the licensee's failure to ensure that one of the redundant trains of systems necessary to achieve and maintain hot shutdown conditions would be free of fire damage via one of the three means specified in 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2.
EA-97-330
Crystal River 3
NOV
(SL III)
09/05/1997 Diesel generator relay modifications.
EA-97-094
Crystal River 3
NOV
(SL III)
06/06/1997 Failure to perform surveillance testing for containment penetrations.
EA-97-162
Crystal River 3
NOV
(SL III)
06/05/1997 50.59 evaluation was inadequate.
EA-97-161
Crystal River 3
NOV
(SL III)
05/29/1997 Significant safeguards information was left unattended outside protected area for 16 hours.
EA-97-012
Crystal River 3
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
02/28/1997 The action involved multiple violations related to the implementation of licensee's Physical Security Plan (PSP). Specifically, six violations were identified involving the failure to (1) maintain adequate PSP implementing procedures; (2) properly respond to a protected area alarm; (3) employ the capability to assess more than one protected area alarm at a time; (4) maintain a physical barrier to the protected area; (5) appropriately control and safeguards weapons stored in the armory; and (6) properly submit PSP changes to the NRC as required by 10 CFR 50.54(p).
EA-96-365
Crystal River 3
NOV
(SL II & III)
03/12/1997 The violations identified indicate a broad spectrum of problems exist in FPC's Engineering program at Crystal River Unit 3. The action includes: (1) a Severity Level II problem for failure to meet the requirements of 10 CFR 50.59 in six cases; (2) a Severity Level III violation for failure to ensure that regulatory and plant design basis requirements are met; and, (3) a Severity Level III violation for untimely and inadequate corrective actions resulting in the failure to identify significant unreviewed safety questions and containment integrity issues.
EA-95-126
Crystal River 3
NOVCP
(SL III)

$100,000
07/16/1996 Apparent deliberate misconduct by a licensed operator resulting in makeup tank overpressurization.

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