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Nine Mile Point 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00220; 050-00410

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-09-262
Nine Mile Point 1
NOV
(White)
11/24/2009 On November 24, 2009, the NRC issued a parallel White finding to Constellation Energy as a result of inspections at Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2. This parallel White finding was identified during a supplemental inspection to review the licensee's evaluation of the circumstances that led to the Mitigating Systems Performance Index for the cooling water system crossing the Green to White threshold. The performance indicator crossed the threshold because of service water pump unavailability for maintenance and reliability challenges caused by a November 4, 2008 event where the licensee failed to properly control diving operations while cleaning the intake bays. The inspectors identified significant weaknesses in Constellation's causal analysis for the November 4, 2008 event. Specifically, Constellation failed to identify that the initial work controls put into place for the diving evolution, and subsequent changes made to the work scope, were inadequate and directly contributed to the event. In addition, Constellation failed to identify that governing diving procedures were not followed during the event. Based on these NRC-identified weaknesses, a parallel White inspection finding was opened to allow for the NRC's continued review of Constellation's actions to address the significant weaknesses identified during the supplemental inspection.
EA-07-001
Nine Mile Point 1
NOV
(White)
03/13/2007 On March 13, 2007, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a WHITE Significance Determination Process finding involving an activity that compromised the integrity of the annual Licensed Operator Requalification (simulator) exam at Unit 1 for calendar years 2005 and 2006. Specifically, the process used by the licensee to select and validate the simulator exam scenarios resulted in the licensed operators being knowledgeable of a significant portion of the exam prior to its administration, affecting the equitable and consistent administration of the exam. The violation was cited against 10 CFR 55.49, "Integrity of examinations and tests."
EA-03-053
Nine Mile Point 1
NOV
(White)
05/23/2003 On May 23, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving degraded piping in the Unit 1 reactor building closed loop cooling (RBCLC) system. The violation cited the licensee's failure to identify the cause, and to take appropriate corrective actions, to preclude repetitive leaks in the Unit 1 RBCLC system.
EA-01-011
Nine Mile Point 1
NOV
(SL III)
05/02/2001 On May 2, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation involving the deliberate failure of an NRC-licensed chief shift operator to provide complete and accurate information on health history forms that were required for the Fitness-For-Duty regulations.
EA-99-010
Nine Mile Point 1
NOV
(SL III)
06/29/1999 Failure to comply with technical specification required control room staffing requirements.
EA-97-530
Nine Mile Point 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
01/22/1998 Various licensee violations that, collectively represent a breakdown of te licensees radwaste and transportation program.
EA-97-007
Nine Mile Point 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000
11/05/1997 Maintenance Rule base-line inspection violations.
EA-96-474;96-475;96-494; & 96-541
Nine Mile Point 1 & 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$200,000
04/10/1997 This action is based on three Severity Level III violations/problems involving inadequate design controls and corrective actions, including corrective action deficiencies associated with a reactor pressure vessel overfill event.
EA-96-116
Nine Mile Point 2
NOVCP
(SL II)

$ 80,000
04/24/1996 Discrimination against employee.
EA-96-079
Nine Mile Point 1

NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 50,000

CPORDER
(SL III)

06/18/1996 Design control and 50.59 problems with blowout panels that could result in failure of reactor building structure under certain accident conditions.

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North Anna 1 & 2 - Docket Nos. 050-00338; 050-00339

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-12-033
North Anna 1 & 2
NOV
(White)
05/10/2012 On May 10, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Virginia Electric and Power Company for a violation of Technical Specification 5.4.1.a, “Procedures,” associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding involving Virginia Electric and Power Company’s failure to establish and maintain maintenance procedures appropriate to the circumstances for the safety-related emergency diesel generators (EDGs). Specifically, maintenance procedure 0-MCM-0701-27 did not provide adequate guidance for installation of the jacket water cooling inlet jumper gasket, which resulted in a faulty gasket installation on the Unit 2 “H” (2H) EDG in May 2010. As a result, the 2H EDG failed to perform its safety function when called upon on August 23, 2011.

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