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Texas A&M - Docket No. 050-00128

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-01-029
Texas A&M
Research Reactor
NOVCP
(SL II)
$2,400
05/21/2001 On May 21, 2001, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $2,400 was issued for a Severity Level II problem involving the transportation of radioactive material from the research reactor facility to St. Croix, the Virgin Islands. The Severity Level II problem included the failure, prior to shipment of radioactive material, to ensure that each closure device of the package was properly installed, secured, and free of defects and the failure to train all hazardous material workers involved in the shipment.

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Three Mile Island 1 - Docket No. 050-00289

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-13-046
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(White)
04/30/2013 On April 30, 2013, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Exelon Generation Company, LLC(Three Mile Island) for a violation of 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI, associatedwith a White Significance Determination Process finding involving Three MileIsland's failure to identify, during external flood barrier walk downs, thatelectrical cable conduit couplings in the Three Mile Island Nuclear Station,Unit 1 Air Intake Tunnel (AIT) were not sealed, as designed, to maintain theintegrity of the external flood barrier system. Specifically, Exelonstaff, during visual inspections of the couplings and conduits in the AIT, did not identify that flood seals and material had not been installed, as designed.
EA-05-100
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(White)
07/29/2005 On July 29, 2005, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the licensee's Emergency Response Organization (ERO). During the time frame specified in the licensee's Emergency Plan, approximately 50 percent of the ERO, including key responders, did not receive the required annual radiological response classroom retraining necessary to maintain familiarity with their specific emergency response duties. This resulted in some key ERO positions not being filled by qualified ERO members in accordance with the licensee's Emergency Plan requirements. The violation cited the licensee's failure to provide the required radiological emergency response training to those who may be called on to assist in an emergency.
EA-01-115
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(White)
07/05/2001 On July 5, 2001, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the motor driven emergency feedwater (EFW) pump. The violation was based on the licensee's failure to promptly identify and correct a significant condition adverse to quality that resulted in the "A" motor driven EFW pump being inoperable for longer than the technical specification allowed outage time.
EA-97-533
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(SL III)
01/27/1998 Pressurizer PORV was non-functional for entire fuel cycle due to wiring error.
EA-97-070;
Three Mile Island 1
NOVCP
(SL III)

$210,000
10/08/1997 Failures related to ECCS.
EA-96-057
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(SL III)
03/26/1996 An opening exceeding 96 square inches existed between the protected area and the owner controlled area via a storm drain located in the protected area.
EA-95-238
Three Mile Island 1
NOV
(SL III)
03/11/1996 Failure to control adequately a modification to the RCS drain line piping.

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Trojan Nuclear - Docket No. 050-00344

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-96-111
Trojan Nuclear
NOVCP
(SL III)

$50,000
06/06/1996 Submission of incomplete and inaccurate information in LER concerning electrical penetration assembly seals.

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Turkey Point 3 & 4 - Docket Nos. 050-00250; 050-00251

NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Date
Issued
Description
EA-12-001
Turkey Point 3 & 4
NOV
(White)

NOVCP
(SL III)

$140,000
04/09/2012 On April 9, 2012, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation associated with a White Significance Determination Process (SDP) finding and a Severity Level III violation with a Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $140,000 to Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). The White Finding was issued for the failure of Turkey Point personnel to maintain the effectiveness of their emergency plan, as required by 10 CFR 50.54(q) and 10 CFR 50.47(b), and the Severity Level III violation and Civil Penalty were issued for FPL’s failure to make an eight hour report, as required by 10 CFR 50.72(b)(3)(xiii). Specifically, from December 4, 2010, to July 13, 2011, and from October 10 to October 28, 2011, FPL failed to follow and maintain the effectiveness of its emergency plan when portions of the Technical Support Center (TSC) ventilation system were removed from service for maintenance, without compensatory measures. FPL failed to report this condition as required from December 4, 2010, to July 13, 2011. 
EA-10-037
Turkey Point 3
NOV
(White)

NOVCP
(SL III)

$70,000
06/21/2010 On June 21, 2010, the NRC issued a White finding with two associated violations to Florida Power and Light Company (FP&L) as a result of inspections at Turkey Point Nuclear Plant Unit 3. This White finding involves the licensee's failure to adequately address degradation of Boraflex, a fixed neutron absorber material used in the Turkey Point Unit 3 spent fuel pool. Boraflex degradation resulted in a reduction in the Boron-10 areal density of the spent fuel storage racks such that, when considering the biases and uncertainties identified in Chapter 9 of the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report, the effective neutron multiplication factor would not have been maintained less than 1.0 if the spent fuel pool had been flooded with unborated water. The NRC identified that FP&L had violated 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI, "Corrective Action," which requires that conditions adverse to quality be promptly identified and corrected, and Technical Specification 5.5.1.1.a, which requires that the spent fuel storage racks be maintained with an effective neutron multiplication factor less than 1.0 if flooded with unborated water, when considering the biases and uncertainties described in the Updated Final Safety Analysis Report. The NRC also issued FP&L a Severity Level III Notice of Violation with a proposed $70,000 civil penalty for failure to comply with 10 CFR 50.73, which requires, in part, that licensees report any condition prohibited by the plant's Technical Specifications. As discussed, Boraflex degradation led to a condition prohibited by Turkey Point Unit 3 Technical Specifications, but this condition was not reported to the NRC as required by 10 CFR 50.73.
EA-07-110, 07-113,
07-116, 07-119
Turkey Point 3 & 4
ORDER 01/22/2008 On January 22, 2008, a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $208,000 was issued was issued for a Severity Level II problem consisting of (1) the licensees failure to ensure, on or about April of 2004, that each of its armed responders was equipped with a contingency weapon in accordance with an NRC Order issued on February 25, 2002, Section B.4(f); (2) the licensees failure to ensure, on or about August 2005, that each of its armed responders was equipped with a contingency weapon in accordance with the licensee Physical Security Plan; (3) a violation of 10 CFR 50.9, incomplete and inaccurate information; and (4) the failure of the licensee to make a one hour report to the NRC as required in 10 CFR 73, Appendix G, Paragraph 1.l(a)(3).
EA-06-200
Turkey Point 3
NOV
(White)
11/22/2006 On November 22, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a WHITE significance determination process finding involving the failure to adequately assess and manage the increase in risk of performing maintenance on the A-train 480-volt 3C load center while the facility was operating in decay heat removal mode with one operating A-train residual heat removal (RHR) pump. The violation was cited against 10 CFR Part 50.65(a)(4) for failure to adequately assess and manage the increase in risk before performing maintenance on the A-train 480-volt 3C load center.
EA-06-027
Turkey Point 3 & 4
NOV
(White)
04/17/2006 On April 17, 2006, a Notice of Violation was issued for a violation associated with a White SDP finding involving the licensee's failure to restore the B auxiliary feedwater (AFW) pump to operable status within 30 days, to place the unit in at least Hot Standby during this time, and to identify and correct the condition adverse to quality even though pump bearing vibration levels and oil samples provided indication of the adverse condition. In this case, the B AFW pump was placed in service on September 10, 2003, in an inoperable condition due to a misaligned radial bearing, and the inoperable condition was not identified until November 7, 2005. The Notice of Violation cited the licensee's failure to implement the requirements in Technical Specification 3.7.1.2 and 10 CFR Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI.
EA-00-230
Turkey Point 3 & 4
NOV
(SL III)
06/06/03 On June 5, 2003, a Notice of Violation was issued for a Severity Level III violation for discriminating against an employee at the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant for engaging in protected activity.
EA-96-051
Turkey Point 3 & 4
NOVCP
(SL III)

$100,000
07/16/96 Discrimination against an individual when he was fired for engaging in protected activities.

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