United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Summary - Enforcement Actions Against Individuals; Exercise of Discretion; Reopening Closed Cases

In conjunction with approving the March 1984 revision to the Policy, the Commission had decided to establish a committee of outside experts to review the Policy and provide recommendations for change. The committee was formed in August 1984 and provided recommendations to the Commission in November 1985. Based on a review of these recommendations and continued experience with implementing the Policy, the Commission issued another Policy revision on September 28, 1987.

The 1987 revision focused on several areas. The basis for enforcement actions against individuals (including licensed operators) was clarified, and the related guidance was expanded to give examples of (1) situations that could result in individual enforcement actions (e.g., willful violations, operator inattentiveness); (2) situations that generally would not result individual enforcement actions; and (3) types of sanctions that might be considered appropriate against NRC-licensed operators. This revision also added an expanded section on Exercise of Discretion for violations occurring under specified conditions for plants in extended shutdown or work stoppage. Guidance was included on reopening closed enforcement cases.


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