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2019 Fuel Cycle Facilities

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Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (d/b/a URENCO USA) (EA-18-161)

On September 5, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (LES), for failure to comply with 10 CFR Part 95, Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data, when confidential matter was not stored in a safe, steel file cabinet, or safe-type steel file container that has an automatic unit locking mechanism or a locking steel file cabinet, and was subsequently removed from the site. Specifically, an Enrichment Technology – United States (ETUS) employee, serving as a contractor to, URENCO USA, willfully removed a component classified as Confidential-Restricted Data from its authorized storage location and placed that classified component in another ETUS employee’s lunchbox without his knowledge. The other ETUS employee subsequently exited the facility with his lunchbox, returned to his home, and did not discover that the component was in his lunchbox until the next morning. By removing the component from its authorized place of storage and placing it in the other ETUS employee’s lunchbox, the ETUS employee created conditions where the classified component did not remain under the direct control of an authorized individual while in use and was accessible to persons not authorized for access to the component, resulting in violation of multiple requirements of 10 CFR Part 95. This is a Severity Level III violation in accordance with NRC Enforcement Policy Section 6.13.

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