2021 Individual Actions

Ms. Peggy Lucky (IA-21-049)

On October 27, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level III Notice of Violation to Peggy Lucky for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 50.5(a)(2), when she deliberately submitted to the licensee information that she knew to be incomplete or inaccurate concerning the completion of a corrective action in a condition report.

Ms. Lilly Porter (IA-21-043)

On October 7, 2021, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Ms. Lilly Porter, formerly a Security Shift Supervisor at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, for a Severity Level III violation involving 10 CFR 73.56(g)(1) which requires, in part, that any individual who is maintaining unescorted access under 10 CFR 73.56 shall promptly report to the reviewing official, his or her supervisor, or other management personnel designated in site procedures any legal action taken by a law enforcement authority to which the individual has been subject that could result in incarceration or a court order that requires a court appearance, including but not limited to an arrest.  Specifically, Ms. Porter failed to report to her supervisor that she was arrested by the Mississippi Highway Patrol on February 2, 2020.

Mr. Richard Ellison (IA-21-035)

On September 30, 2021, the NRC issued a severity level III notice of violation to Mr. Richard Ellison, formerly a Senior Reactor Operator at River Bend Station, for engaging in deliberate misconduct that caused Entergy Operations, Inc., River Bend Station, to be in violation of 10 CFR 73.54(b)(2) which requires, in part, that the licensee establish, implement, and maintain a cyber security program for the protection of the safety, security, and emergency preparedness assets from cyber attacks.  Specifically, Mr. Ellison, deliberately provided a critical digital asset key to a maintenance supervisor, even though he knew the supervisor was not authorized to have the key.

Mr. Ronald Mendola (IA-21-019)

On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level III notice of violation to Mr. Ronald Mendola for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 50.5(c), when as an Instrumentation and Controls Supervisor, he deliberately failed to immediately notify control room personnel that a plant component had been mispositioned.

Mr. Leonardo Capera (IA-21-018)

On July 20, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level II notice of violation to Mr. Leonardo Capera for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 50.5(c), when as an Instrumentation and Controls Department Head, he deliberately failed to immediately notify control room personnel that a plant component had been mispositioned.
 
Mr. Andrew Hernandez (IA-21-006)

On May 18, 2021, the NRC issued a severity level III Notice of Violation to Mr. Andrew Hernandez, a contract employee superintendent, for engaging in deliberate misconduct that caused Entergy Operations, Inc., Waterford Steam Electric Station, to be in violation of 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion V.  Mr. Hernandez willfully directed subordinate employees to perform concrete drilling in a safety-related wall without first obtaining an engineering evaluation, approval, and documentation as required by a quality-related procedure. This resulted in cutting embedded structural steel reinforcing bar without proper approval.

Mr. Ryan Kirkpatrick (IA-21-029)

On May 14, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level III notice of violation to Mr. Ryan Kirkpatrick for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 73.56, when as an individual who had maintained unescorted site access, he failed to report an arrest by a law enforcement agency.

Mr. Pieter Odendaal (IA-20-033)

On February 23, 2021, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level III notice of violation to Mr. Pieter Odendaal for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations 50.5(a)(2) when he deliberately submitted to the licensee information that he knew to be incomplete or inaccurate concerning (1) a trainee’s qualification to conduct fuel handling activities, and (2) the submission of a written statement that omitted the material fact that the unqualified trainee operated the refueling machine during a fuel handling incident.

Mr. Brent Shoptaw (IA-20-050)

On January 11, 2021, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Brent Shoptaw, for violations of 10 CFR 55.53(j) (Conditions of Licenses) which requires, in part, that the licensee shall not use, possess, or sell any illegal drugs. Specifically, absent a valid prescription, Mr. Shoptaw ingested codeine, a drug included in Schedules I to V of section 202 of the Controlled Substances Act, as evidenced by a positive random fitness for duty urinalysis test. That urinalysis indicated the presence of opiate metabolites (codeine) at a level more than twice the cutoff limit established in NRC’s regulations and Columbia Generating Station’s procedures. This is a Severity Level III violation in accordance with NRC Enforcement Policy Section 6.4.

Page Last Reviewed/Updated Friday, January 14, 2022