United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

2019 Individual Actions

Mr. Daniel Comisky (IA-19-036)

On November 25, 2019, the NRC issued a Severity Level IV Notice of Violation to Mr. Daniel J. Comisky for a violation of 10 CFR 55.53 "Conditions of licenses" which requires, in part, that, if a licensed individual has not actively performed the functions of an operator or senior operator, that he may not resume activities authorized by his license unless the reactivation requirements of 10 CFR 55.53(f) are met. Specifically, Mr. Comisky, a licensed individual assigned to Exelon Generation Corporation’s Braidwood Station performed the functions of a senior reactor operator prior to completing the reactivation requirements of 10 CFR 55.53(f), and thereby failed to comply with a condition of his license.

Mr. Wesley McGill (IA-19-032)

On November 22, 2019, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation to Mr. Wesley McGill for a violation of 10 CFR 55.53 "Conditions of licenses" which requires, in part, that the licensee shall comply with any other condition that the Commission may impose. Specifically, Mr. McGill, a licensed reactor operator assigned to Entergy Operations, Inc. at Arkansas Nuclear One Unit, did not comply with a condition of his license concerning prescribed medication.

Mr. Thomas Saunders (IA-19-027)

On October 21, 2019, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order to Mr. Thomas B. Saunders, a former executive of Southern Nuclear Operating Company (SNC) for a violation of 10 CFR 52.5, "Employee Protection." Specifically, a contract employee was removed from the site by Mr. Saunders on July 13, 2017, in part, for engaging in protected activity when he was employed by a different contractor on the site from 2014-2015. The contract employee was subsequently terminated by his employer on July 14, 2017.

Mr. Patrick Ryan (IA-19-031)

On September 12, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Patrick Ryan, for violations of 10 CFR 55.53(j) (Conditions of Licenses) which requires, in part, that the licensee shall not perform activities authorized by a license issued under 10 CFR Part 55 while under the influence of alcohol that could adversely affect his or her ability to safely and competently perform his or her duties. Specifically, Mr. Ryan reported for duty at the Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station, Unit 1, while under the influence of alcohol. Exelon determined that he was under the influence of alcohol via a random test administered to him on May 24, 2019, as part of the facility’s fitness-for-duty (FFD) program. This is a Severity Level III violation in accordance with NRC Enforcement Policy Section 6.4.

Mr. Thomas Summers (IA-18-040)

On September 12, 2019, the NRC issued an Order prohibiting Mr. Thomas Summers from involvement in NRC-licensed activities. Mr. Summers deliberately caused his former employer, Florida Power and Light (FPL) to be in violation of 10 CFR 50.7 and 50.9 when he willfully discriminated against a contract employee and submitted incomplete and inaccurate information to FPL to influence an NRC proceeding. Specifically, Mr. Summers will be prohibited from any involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of five years and, thereafter, he will be required to notify the NRC within 20 days following acceptance of his first employment offer involving NRC-licensed activities.

Mr. Justin Roberts (IA-19-007)

On September 5, 2019, the NRC issued Mr. Justin Roberts an Order prohibiting his involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of one year, from the effective date of the Order, for engaging in deliberate misconduct in violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 70.10(a)(1). Mr. Roberts, a former assembler employed by Enrichment Technology _ United States at the Louisiana Energy Services (LES) uranium enrichment facility in Eunice, NM, caused the licensee, LES, to be in violation of multiple requirements of 10 CFR Part 95, Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data. During this one-year prohibition, Mr. Roberts will be prohibited from engaging in NRC-licensed activities that are conducted pursuant to a specific or general license issued by the NRC. Mr. Roberts cannot perform, supervise, assist, or otherwise engage in any licensed activity in NRC’s jurisdiction. In addition, for a period of one year after the one-year period of prohibition has expired, Mr. Roberts shall, within 20 days of acceptance of his first employment offer involving NRC-licensed activities or becoming involved in NRC-licensed activities, provide to the NRC the name, address, and telephone number of the employer or the entity where he is, or will be, involved in NRC-licensed activities. In the notification, Mr. Roberts shall include a statement of his commitment to compliance with regulatory requirements and the basis for why the Commission should have confidence that he will now comply with applicable NRC requirements.

Mr. Alex Block (IA-19-028)

On August 12, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Alex Block, for violations of 10 CFR 55.53(j) "conditions of licenses" which require, in part, that the licensee shall not perform activities authorized by a license issued under 10 CFR Part 55 while under the influence of alcohol that could adversely affect his or her ability to safely and competently perform his or her duties. Specifically, Mr. Block reported for duty at the Cooper Nuclear Station and performed licensed duties as a reactor operator. After 2 hours into his shift, he exited the control room for a random fitness-for-duty test. Based on the breathalyzer test results, he exceeded the maximum allowable levels for alcohol established by the facility licensee. This is a Severity Level III violation.

Mr. Kristian Meyer (IA-19-002)

On August 8, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Kristian Meyer, Vice President of Dead Ringer, LLC, for a Severity Level III violation involving deliberate misconduct that caused his employer Dead Ringer LLC, to be in violation of NRC requirements. Mr. Meyer deliberately distributed products containing radioactive material without the required NRC licenses and sealed source and device evaluation. Specifically, between May 2017 and January 2018, Mr. Meyer distributed gun sights containing tritium via web site sales without obtaining the required NRC licenses and sealed source and device evaluations.

Mr. Jesse Erdle (IA-17-043)

On August 8, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Jesse Erdle, Chief Executive Officer and President of Dead Ringer, LLC, for a Severity Level III violation involving deliberate misconduct that caused his employer Dead Ringer LLC, to be in violation of NRC requirements. Mr. Erdle deliberately failed to obtain the required NRC licenses and sealed source and device evaluation to import and distribute products containing radioactive material. Specifically, between May 2017 and January 2018, Mr. Erdle acquired and imported gun sights containing tritium and distributed those gun sights via web site sales without obtaining the required NRC licenses and sealed source and device evaluations.

Mr. Chad Chaffain (IA-19-005)

On July 18, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Chad Chaffain for a violation of 10 CFR 50.5(a)(2) "Deliberate misconduct" pertaining to inaccurate information documented in a work order. The information in the work order was material to the NRC because it is subject to NRC inspection. This is a Severity Level III violation.

Randy Bethea (IA-18-043)

On February 13, 2019, the NRC issued an Order prohibiting Mr. Randy Bethea from involvement in NRC-licensed activities.  Mr. Bethea deliberately caused his former employer, Mistras Group, Inc., to be in violation of 10 CFR 30.34(c), when he radiographed his own hand. Specifically, Mr. Bethea will be prohibited from any involvement in NRC-licensed activities for a period of one year, and for one year after the one year prohibition has expired, he will be required to notify the NRC, within 20 days following acceptance of his first employment offer involving NRC licensed activities.  In addition, for a period of three years from the effective date of the Order, Mr. Bethea will be prohibited from leading, supervising, or directing radiographic operations involving NRC licensed activities.

John Emore (IA-18-044)

On January 3, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. John Emore for violations of 10 CFR 50.5(a)(1) "deliberate misconduct" and 10 CFR 55.53(j) "conditions of licenses" which require, in part, that an (individual) licensee shall not use any illegal drugs and shall not perform activities authorized by a license while under the influence of any illegal substance that could adversely affect his ability to safely and competently perform his licensed duties.  Specifically, Mr. Emore, a holder of an NRC-issued Senior Reactor Operator (SRO) license, engaged in deliberate misconduct by performing activities authorized under his NRC SRO license at Exelon's Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station while under the influence of an illegal substance. Exelon identified these violations via a random drug test administered as part of its fitness-for-duty (FFD) program. The random FFD test yielded a confirmed positive result for an illegal drug.  This is a Severity Level III violation.

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