2023 Fuel Cycle Facilities

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BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (EA-23-040)

On August 22, 2023, the NRC issued a notice of violation and proposed imposition of civil penalty in the amount of $87,500 to BWXT Nuclear Operations Group, Inc. (licensee) for a Severity Level III problem involving two violations related to the licensee’s failure to adequately establish and maintain items relied on for safety (IROFS) to reduce the likelihood of occurrence of a high consequence event accident sequence. Specifically, the licensee (1) failed to ensure an air gap control was available and reliable to prevent a high consequence accident and (2) failed to ensure an overflow line control was available and reliable to prevent a high consequence accident, contrary to Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) Part 70.61.

American Centrifuge Operating, LLC. (EA-23-018)

On September 21, 2023, the NRC issued a confirmatory order (CO) to American Centrifuge Operating, LLC (licensee) confirming commitments reached as part of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation settlement agreement between the licensee and the NRC. The ADR mediation and subsequent CO were based on the results of an inspection at the licensee’s facility in which the NRC identified apparent violations. In consideration of the licensee commitments outlined in the CO, the NRC agreed to not pursue any further enforcement action based on the apparent violations and the CO will not count as escalated enforcement in the civil penalty assessment process for future enforcement cases involving the licensee. Details regarding the apparent violations and corrective actions contain security-related information and are therefore documented in a non-public version of the Confirmatory Order.

Louisiana Energy Services (EA-22-086)

On March 30, 2023, the NRC issued a notice of violation (Notice) and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty to Louisiana Energy Services (licensee) for a Severity Level (SL) II problem. The SL II problem involved the licensee’s failure to (1) implement the appropriate item relied on for safety (IROFS) controls as required by 10 CFR 70.61(b) for a credible high consequence accident sequence included in the Integrated Safety Analysis; and (2) maintain independence between two IROFS during a barrier breach resulting in a degraded IROFS contrary to requirements in 10 CFR 70.61(b).

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