United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Escalated Enforcement Actions Issued to Reactor Licensees - R

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

This page includes links to files in non-HTML format. See Plugins, Viewers, and Other Tools for more information.

Reed College - Docket No. 050-288

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-08-339
Reed College
(Non-Power Reactor)
NOV
(SL III)
12/19/2008 On December 19, 2008, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation. Specifically, the facility was operated at a power level in excess of the licensed full power limit of 250 kW for approximately 70 minutes, which is in violation of their Technical Specifications. This event was caused by a disagreement between the indicated and calculated power due to the installation of a new fuel element into the core.

River Bend 1 - Docket No. 050-00458

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-11-159
River Bend 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 140,000
01/05/2012 On January 5, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Civil Penalty in the amount of $140,000 to Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy) for a Severity Level III violation as a result of an investigation at the River Bend Station.  An investigation conducted by the NRC Office of Investigations determined that on  multiple occasions multiple reactor operators willfully failed to follow an Entergy procedure that prohibited internet access in the “At-the-Controls” area of the control room, except as specifically authorized by the Operations Manager.  These reactor operators put Entergy in violation of the River Bend Station Technical Specifications.
EA-11-096
River Bend 1
ORDER 08/24/2011

On August 24, 2011, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order (Effective Immediately) to Entergy Nuclear Operations Inc. and Entergy Operations Inc. (collectively Entergy) to formalize commitments made as a result of an ADR mediation session held on July 18, 2011 in Washington DC. By letter dated May 20, 2011, the NRC identified an apparent violation of 10 CFR 50.7 to Entergy Operations Inc. based on the NRC's Office of Investigations, March 17, 2011 report (OI Case No. 4-2010-053). Specifically, the NRC had reached a preliminary conclusion that an employee at the River Bend Station was rated lower in his/her 2008 annual performance appraisal based in part on the employee questioning the qualifications necessary to perform certain work activities in compliance with applicable plant procedure(s).

Prior to the issuance of the NRC's May 20, 2011 letter but following a separate NRC inquiry, Entergy conducted its own internal investigation of the circumstances giving rise to the apparent violation. The NRC recognized that as a result of its investigation, Entergy took several specific actions at the River Bend Station and several fleet-wide actions. The fleet-wide actions included conducting supervisory and Employee Concerns Program personnel training on 10 CFR 50.7; reviewing all closed internal retaliation type cases in 2008 and 2009; reviewing all 2009 appraisals for employees with overall "improvement required" rating; and revising several quality-affecting procedures.

As a result of the settlement agreement from the ADR mediation session, Entergy agreed to take a number of additional fleet-wide actions. A summary of those fleet-wide actions are: (1) reorganizing the quality control organization's reporting structure; (2) reinforcing the company's commitment to a safety conscious work environment through a written communication from a senior Entergy nuclear executive; (3) reviewing and, as necessary, revising the existing general employee training on 10 CFR 50.7 to include insights from the circumstances giving rise to this matter; (4) reviewing and, as necessary, revising training to new supervisors for 10 CFR 50.7 to include insights from the circumstances giving rise to this matter; and (5) conducting an effectiveness review of the Employee Concerns Program enhancements and training that were implemented relating to the underlying matter. Entergy also agreed to conduct a plant wide safety culture survey at the River Bend Station prior to December 31, 2012.

In recognition of Entergy's prior actions and in exchange for the additional actions Entergy agreed to take as described in the enclosed confirmatory order, the NRC agreed not to pursue further action relating to this matter which may have otherwise resulted in the issuance of a Notice of Violation with a base civil penalty had it not reached a settlement agreement.

EA-03-077
River Bend 1
NOV
(White)
12/29/2003 On December 29, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving a loss of feedwater flow to the reactor. The violation cited the licensee's failure to lock open the Condensate Prefilter Vessel Bypass Flow Control Valve as required by their Technical Specifications.
EA-02-036
River Bend 1
NOV
(White)
07/31/2002 On July 31, 2002, a Notice of Violation was issue for a violation associated with a white SDP finding involving emergency planning standards. The violation cited that the licensee's emergency plan was not adequate to assure that information was made available to members of the public using River Bend Station's owner controlled area regarding how members of the public would be notified of an evacuation order and what their initial actions should be in an emergency.
EA-99-158
River Bend 1
NOV
(SL III)
10/05/1999 Inadequate work instructions for the emergency diesel generator fuel booster pump that rendered the generator inoperable.
EA-98-478
River Bend 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
02/01/1999 Violations relate to a design deficiency in the Division I and II emergency diesel generators (EDGs) at the River Bend Station.
EA-98-132
River Bend 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
01/05/1999 Deliberately provided an NRC inspector with information that was incomplete and inaccurate.
EA-97-497
River Bend 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
12/23/1997 Inadvertent mode change.
EA-96-329
River Bend 1
NOV
(SL III)
11/07/1996 Six violations of Technical Specification surveillance requirements.

To top of page

Robinson 2 - Docket No. 050-00261

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-13-129
Robinson 2
NOV
(White)
09/19/2013 On September 19, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation (NOV) to Carolina Power and Light for a violation of 10 CFR 50.63(c)(2), Loss of all Alternating Current Power, Implementation – Alternating AC Source, associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding involving the failure of Robinson to have an alternate AC power source with acceptable capability to withstand station blackout for the required durations specified in its coping analysis.  Specifically, during surveillance testing of the Dedicated Shutdown Diesel Generator (DSDG) on October 2, 2012, the DSDG automatically shut down on high engine temperature due to a failure of the radiator drive belts. Based on the failure of the DSDG and necessary repair time, this degraded condition would have prohibited the DSDG from supplying power to shutdown equipment within one hour following a station blackout and could have rendered the plant unable to cope for eight hours after a postulated station blackout or to provide emergency power for certain selected Fire Safe Shutdown scenarios.
EA-10-257
Robinson 2
NOV
(White)
01/31/2011 On January 31, 2011, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Carolina Power and Light Company for two violations associated with two White Significance Determination Process findings. The first violation involved the failure to adequately implement requirements, as required by Technical Specifications 5.8.1, "Procedures," of multiple procedures during an uncontrolled cooldown of the Reactor Coolant System (RCS) and subsequent safety injection. Specifically, on March 28, 2010, following a reactor trip, the licensee: (1) failed to take required procedural actions to stop an uncontrolled cooldown that resulted in a safety injection; (2) failed to identify a loss of component cooling water flow to the thermal barrier heat exchangers coincident with a failure to identify a loss of charging pump suction that resulted in inadequate seal injection flow; (3) re-energized electrically faulted equipment that damaged surrounding equipment and resulted in electrical ground alarms, which required an Alert emergency declaration. The second violation involved failure to adequately design and implement operator training based on learning objectives as required by 10 CFR 55.59(c)4. Specifically, prior to March 28, 2010, training lesson material failed to identify the basis of a procedural action involving reactor coolant pump seal cooling, as required by a systems approach to training, as defined in 10 CFR 55.4.
EA-10-205
Robinson 2
NOV
(White / SLIII)
12/07/2010 On December 7, 2010, the NRC issued a White finding with associated violation and Notice of Violation (NOV) for a Severity Level III violation to Carolina Power and Light Company (doing business as Progress Energy Carolinas Inc (PEC)) as a result of inspections at the H.B. Robinson Steam Electric Plant Unit 2. The White finding involved the failure to identify and correct a problem associated with the "B" Emergency Diesel Generator (EDG) output breaker in 2008. Again in 2009, a similar malfunction caused the EDG to be declared inoperable for a period greater than Technical Specifications. A 10 CFR 50.9, "Completeness and Accuracy of Information," NOV for a Severity Level III violation was also assessed for submitting materially inaccurate information. PEC provided information which stated that the breaker was tested in accordance with a maintenance procedure. However, the NRC determined that they had not conducted full testing in accordance with the procedure, and only completed the instructions for returning the breaker to service.
EA-04-028
Robinson 2
NOVCP
(SL II)

$88,000
04/07/2004 On April 7, 2004, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $88,000 was issued for a Severity Level II violation for discriminating against the former Corporate Superintendent of Site Access Authorization for Carolina Power & Light for raising safety concerns
EA-98-050
Robinson 2
NOV
(SL III)
03/04/1998 Safety injection pumps outside design basis due to NPSH deficiencies.
EA-97-490
Robinson 2
NOVCP
(SL III)

$ 55,000
12/12/1997 EDG inoperability
EA-96-120
Robinson 2
NOV
(SL III)
05/16/1996 Failure to secure safeguards information.

To top of page

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Thursday, December 04, 2014