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Indian Point 1, 2 & 3 - Docket Nos. 050-00247; 050-00286

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-13-076
Indian Point Energy Center
NOV
(SL III)
04/29/2014 On April 29, 2014, the NRC issued a Severity Level III (SL III) Notice of Violation to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. for a violation identified as a result of an investigation by the NRC Office of Investigations. This violation involves the former Chemistry Manager at Indian Point Energy Center deliberately entering false data into a Chemistry database pertaining to an Emergency Diesel Generator fuel oil storage tank and the reserve fuel oil storage tank.  The falsification of records caused Indian Point to operate Units 2 and 3 in violation of technical specifications (TS) and to avert a dual-unit shut-down required by TS 3.03.  Additionally, a SL III NOV and an order were issued banning the former IP Chemistry Manager from participating in NRC activities for a period of one year for violating Title 10 of the CFR 50.5.
EA-08-006
Indian Point 2 & 3
NOVCP
(SL III)
$650,000
01/24/2008 On January 24, 2008, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $650,000 was issued to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. This action was based on a continuing SL III violation of the NRC's January 31, 2006, Confirmatory Order to implement Section 651(b) of the Energy Policy Act (Act) of 2005. The Order required Entergy to install backup power for the Indian Point Alert and Notification System (ANS) by January 31, 2007. The NRC subsequently extended, at the licensee's request, the implementation date to April 15, 2007. On April 23, 2007, the staff issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $130,000 when Entergy failed to meet the April 15, 2007, implementation date. On July 30, 2007, the NRC issued an Order to supplement the requirements of the January 31, 2006, Confirmatory Order, based on Entergy's proposed corrective actions for noncompliance with the Confirmatory Order. On August 30, 2007, the staff issued a subsequent Notice of Violation for Entergy's failure to place the new ANS in service by August 24, 2007, as required by the July 30, 2007, Order. As of April 16, 2007, the licensee remains in violation of the Orders.
EA-07-212
Indian Point 2 & 3
NOV(SL-TBD) 08/30/2007 On August 30, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for failure to meet the conditions of a July 30, 2007, Order which required the licensee to implement an Emergency Notification System (ENS) with backup power capability by August 24, 2007. Specifically, the licensee failed to obtain necessary approvals so that the new ENS system could be placed in service as the primary notification system by August 24, 2007. The NRC will determine the severity level, any civil penalty, and any required responses from Entergy regarding this matter at a later time.
EA-07-189
Indian Point 2 & 3
ORDER 07/30/2007 On July 30, 2007, an Immediately Effective Order was issued to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., to ensure compliance with the regulations and implementation of the requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The Order supplemented the requirements of NRC Confirmatory Order (EA-05-190) which required, in part, a backup power system for the Emergency Notification System (ENS). The Confirmatory Order was issued to the Indian Point Nuclear Generating Unit Nos. 2 and 3 on January 31, 2006, and was amended by the NRC on January 23, 2007, extending the implementation date for the required ENS backup power system to April 15, 2007. The requirements of the January 31, 2006, Confirmatory Order remain in effect except as specifically modified or supplemented by this Order.
EA-07-092
Indian Point 2 & 3
NOVCP
(SL III)
$130,000
04/23/2007 On April 23, 2007, a Severity Level III Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $130,000 was issued to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc. for failure to meet the requirements of a Confirmatory Order (EA-05-190) issued on January 31, 2006. The Order required that the licensee provide and maintain a backup power supply for the Indian Point Emergency Notification System (ENS). Specifically, the "radio only activation" feature, the portion of the ENS for which the backup power capability was provided, was required to meet its test acceptance criteria by April 15, 2007. The licensee did not meet its test acceptance criteria, resulting in the ENS not being fully operable by April 15, 2007.
EA-05-190
Indian Point 2 & 3
ORDER 01/31/2006 On January 31, 2006, an immediately effective Confirmatory Order Modifying License was issued to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., Indian Point Units 2 & 3. The licensee consented to modifying its operating licenses for Indian Point Units 2 and 3 to meet the criteria in Section 651(b) of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that directs the Commission to require that backup power is to be available for the emergency notification system of a power plant, including the emergency siren warning system, if the alternating current within the 10-mile emergency planning zone of the power plant is lost.
EA-05-102
Indian Point 2
NOV
(White)
08/01/2005 On August 1, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving leakage of water from a safety injection accumulator which contained absorbed nitrogen gas. The licensee's evaluation and correction of this condition adverse to quality was inadequate. The violation cited the licensee's failure to (1) recognize the potential for nitrogen gas intrusion into the safety injection system and the resultant potential challenge to safety injection pump operation; and (2) adequately assess industry operating experience related to safety injection accumulator back leakage.
EA-02-162
Indian Point 2
NOV
(White)
11/08/2002 On November 8, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation involving a white SDP finding involving a moderate degradation of the control room west wall fire barrier. The violation cited the Entergy's failure from the time of initial construction in 1978 to August 2002, to implement and maintain in effect all provisions of the NRC-approved fire protection program.
EA-00-179
Indian Point 2
NOV
(Red)
11/20/2000 On November 20, 2000, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a Red SDP finding. The violation involved the licensee's failure to identify and correct a significant condition adverse to quality involving the presence of primary water stress corrosion cracking flaws in the steam generator tubes, despite opportunities during the 1997 refueling outage. As a result, one of the tubes failed on February 15, 2000, when the reactor was at 100% power.
EA-00-155
Indian Point 2
NOV
(White)
08/09/2000 On August 9, 2000, a Notice of Violation was issued for multiple violations that were assessed as White SDP findings. These White findings involved failures to met NRC emergency planning standards for (1) the timely augmentation by the emergency response organization, (2) the timely accountability of onsite radiation emergency workers, and (3) the factual and consistent dissemination of information to the media and a local official. These failures contributed to emergency response deficiencies that were exhibited during the course of the SGTF Alert event.
EA-99-319
Indian Point 2
NOVCP
(SL II)
$ 88,000
02/25/2000 On February 25, 2000, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty of $88,000 was issued for a Severity Level II problem involving: (1) failure to translate design basis requirements into procedure of the 480 Volt (V) vital bus degraded voltage relays, which led to loss of offsite power to the vital busses; (2) failure to ensure that procedures used to calibrate the breaker trip units for the emergency diesel generators (EDGs) were adequate, which led to the inoperability of one EDG, and (3) failure to take corrective actions for a significant condition adverse to quality involving repetitive problems with the reactor protection system over-temperature/delta temperature circuitry, which led to initiation of a reactor trip.
EA-98-336 & 98-344
Indian Point 3
NOVCP
(SL III)
$55,000
08/19/1998 Following a design modification in October 1997, failure to have adequate design measures to ensure that the emergency diesel generator (EDG) auxiliaries would perform within the design basis.
EA-97-367
Indian Point 2
NOVCP
(SL III)
$110,000
10/07/1997 Reactor recirculation pump inoperable.
EA-97-294
Indian Point 3
NOVCP
(SL III)
$ 55,000
08/19/1997 Design control problems
EA-97-576; 98-028; 98-056; 98-192
Indian Point 2 & 3
NOVCP
(SL III)
$110,000
07/06/1997 Violations related to: inaccurate information, DB50 breakers, technical specification surveillance testing, and containment atmosphere control.
EAs 96-509; 97-031; 97-113; 97-191
Indian Point 2
NOVCP
(SL III)
$205,000
05/27/1997 Appendix R issues involving hot shorts and loss of instrumentation, inadequate corrective actions, feedwater regulating valve failed open due to sandblasting grit, and failure to identify actuation of fire dampers.
EA-96-089
Indian Point 2
NOV
(SL III)
05/06/1996 Inadequate 50.59 evaluation and possible TS violation on control room ventilation from control building roof maintenance.

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