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Kansas State University- Docket No. 050-188

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-10-234
Kansas State University
NOV
(SL 3)
11/22/2010 On November 22, 2010, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Kansas State University for a severity level III violation involving 10 CFR 20.1101(a). Specifically, on or prior to September 22, 2010, the licensee did not implement a radiation protection program commensurate with the scope and extent of licensed activities that was sufficient to ensure compliance with the provisions of the regulations in Part 20. Examples include: (1) On or prior to September 22, 2010, the licensee did not make surveys as required by 10 CFR 20.1501 when the licensee failed to determine the magnitude and extent of radiation levels that would be caused by irradiating oil samples on September 21, 2010 that subsequently resulted, on September 22, 2010, in an unexpected high shallow-dose equivalent of 12.5 rem to the skin of the extremities (hands) of the operator handling the experiment and an unexpected change in the restricted area dose rates that exceeded 50 rem per hour on September 22, 2010; (2) On September 22, 2010, the licensee failed to supply and require the use of extremity monitoring devices to personnel who were likely to receive in 1 year, from sources external to the body, a dose in excess of 10 percent of the limits in 20.1201(a) in that, a person handling oil samples and a sample holder, which read in excess of 50 rem per hour, was not wearing, and had not been issued, extremity monitoring; (3) On or prior to September 22, 2010, the licensee did not have an adequate procedure as required by Technical Specification Section 6.3 to assure the safety of personnel within the Laboratory for conducting sample irradiations, in that, Experiment Procedure 1, “Isotope Production,” did not require extremity dosimetry – finger rings – for those handling samples, it did not have a maximum sample withdrawal rate, and it did not specify threshold exposure/dose rates (hold points) to clearly indicate at what dose rate a sample should not be withdrawn from the pool.

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Kewaunee - Docket No. 050-00305

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-12-266
Kewaunee
NOVCP
(SL III / White
)
$ 70,000
04/30/2013 On April 30, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Dominion Energy Kewaunee, Inc. (licensee) for a Severity Level III problem with a proposed civil penalty of $70,000, and a White Significance Determination Process finding for an associated performance deficiency.  The violations were based on the licensee’s failure to follow License Condition 2.C.(3), “Fire Protection” and 10 CFR 50.9(a), “Completeness and Accuracy of Information.”   Specifically, from at least August 19, 2009 to December 20, 2011, a Kewaunee fire brigade trainer willfully failed to conduct announced fire drills in accordance with the Kewaunee license condition and implementing procedure and falsified fire drill evaluation/critique forms.
EA-12-272
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
04/04/2013 On April 4, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Dominion Energy, Kewaunee, Inc. for a violation of 10 CFR 50.54, “Conditions of Licenses,” and risk significant planning standards 10 CFR 50.47(b)(4) and (b)(8) associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding, which involved the loss of the Auxiliary and Reactor Building system particulate iodine and noble gas (SPING) indication. Specifically, from February 28, 2011, to March 30, 2011, SPING indication on the plant process computer system (PPCS) and local server station was inoperable, which rendered emergency action levels ineffective. Kewaunee neither identified nor took timely corrective action to repair failed equipment necessary to support the emergency preparedness program.
EA-08-223
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
10/29/2008 On October 29, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White Significance Determination finding. Specifically, the licensee failed to identify that Kewaunee's emergency plan emergency action levels specifying instrument threshold values were beyond the limits of the effluent radiation monitors' capabilities to accurately measure and indicate. As a result, action directed by the State and local emergency response plans, which rely on information provided by the licensee, could have potentially delayed minimum initial offsite response measures.
EA-07-058
Kewaunee
NOV
(Yellow)
April 3, 2007 On April 3, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a Yellow Significance Determination Finding involving the failure of licensee personnel to follow procedural requirements and enter a fuel leak on the "A" emergency diesel generator into the corrective action program on June 28, 2006, when the leak was first identified. This failure resulted in the leak not being appropriately evaluated and repaired until August 17, 2006. The NRC has determined that this failure is a performance deficiency and is also a violation of the licensee's Technical Specifications which state, in part, that written procedures and administrative policies shall be established, implemented, and maintained.
EA-05-176
Kewaunee
NOV
(Yellow)
12/21/05 On December 21, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a Yellow SDP finding involving the licensee's failure to ensure that the safety-related function of the auxiliary feedwater pumps, the 480 volt safeguards buses, the safe shutdown panel, the emergency diesel generators, and the 4160 volt safeguards buses, each Class 1 systems or components, would be protected from serious flooding or excessive steam releases as a result of random or seismically induced failures of non-Class 1 systems in the turbine building. The violation cited the licensee's failure to implement design control measures as specified in 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix, B, Criterion III, "Design Control".
EA-05-157
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
09/16/2005 On September 16, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the licensee's failure to implement design control measures to verify and check the adequacy of the auxiliary feedwater (AFW) system design to mitigate all postulated accidents. Specifically, the AFW pump discharge pressure trip switches would not have protected the AFW pumps from air ingestion during natural events such as a tornado and seismic events. In addition, the AFW system design would not have protected the pumps from "runout" conditions that may be encountered during the other design and license basis scenarios.
EA-05-021
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
05/05/2005 On May 5, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the licensee 's inability to rapidly close the containment equipment hatch during cold shutdown conditions due to an interference. The violation cited the inadequate design of the rail system that was installed in the containment to facilitate the reactor vessel head replacement activities and the licensee's failure to have adequate procedures with specific instructions for rapid removal of the interior rail to allow expeditious hatch closure.
EA-03-105
Kewaunee

NOVCP
(SL III
)
$ 60,000

12/30/2003 On December 30, 2003, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $60,000 was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the licensee's failure to implement effective monitoring procedures to provide reasonable assurance that personnel with access are fit for duty, and the failure to conduct an investigation of the circumstances or evaluate the risk involved in continued unescorted access of an employee after detecting evidence of behavior which may have impaired the job performance of an employee who had unescorted access to the Kewaunee Nuclear Plant.
EA-02-204
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
12/02/2002 On December 2, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a white SDP finding involving the lack of a fixed fire suppression system for a particular fire area. The violation cited the licensee's failure to comply with the requirements of 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix R, Section III.G.2, by not providing a fixed fire suppression system for the particular fire area.
EA-00-214
Kewaunee
NOV
(White)
02/28/2001 On February 28, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the emergency response staffing drills. The violation was based on the fact that timely augmentation of response capabilities was not available and that the licensee failed to correct deficiencies that were identified as a result of several monthly drill failures.
EA-99-183
Kewaunee
NOV
(SL III)
10/19/1999 Failure to ensure full implementation of the NRC-approved plant security manual and falsification of security-related records.
EA-97-235
Kewaunee
NOV
(SL III)
08/06/1997 Old Design issues.
EA-97-087
Kewaunee
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
07/11/1997 Inadequate surveillance. Testing of RHR & AFW pumps.

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