2021 Individual Actions

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. 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.

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