2022 Individual Actions

Joseph Berkich (IA-21-062)

On March 2, 2022, the NRC issued an Order prohibiting Mr. Joseph Berkich from involvement in NRC-licensed activities. Mr. Berkich, former owner of Steel City Gamma, LLC (SCG), deliberately caused SCG to be in violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations (10 CFR) 150.20 and 10 CFR 30.3, when he conducted licensed activities using radiography in NRC jurisdiction without filing for reciprocity and without a specific NRC license. Specifically, Mr. Berkick will be prohibited from conducting, supervising, directing, or in any other way engaging in NRC-licensed activities for a period of five years and immediately cease all current involvement in NRC-licensed activities. After the five-year prohibition has expired, Mr. Berkich will be required to notify the NRC, within 20 days following acceptance of his first employment offer involving NRC-licensed activities.

Mr. Magnus Quitmeyer (IA-21-051)

On January 27, 2022, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Magnus Quitmeyer, a licensed reactor operator assigned to the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station, for violation of 10 CFR 55.53(j) (Conditions of Licenses) which requires, in part, that the licensee shall not use any illegal drugs and shall not perform activities authorized by a license issued under 10 CFR Part 55 while under the influence of an illegal substance that could adversely affect his ability to perform his licensed duties safely and competently. Specifically, between June 19 and July 6, 2020, Mr. Quitmeyer, while on vacation, deliberately violated 10 CFR 55.53(j) and used an illegal substance. Subsequently, between July 11 and August 7, 2020, Mr. Quitmeyer performed duties as a reactor operator while under the influence of an illegal substance. This is a Severity Level III violation in accordance with NRC Enforcement Policy Section 6.4.

Mr. Kevin Wright (IA-21-040)

On January 26, 2022, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Mr. Kevin Wright, for a Severity Level III violation of 10 CFR 50.5(a) requirements. Mr. Wright, the Security Training Superintendent responsible for armorer duties, deliberately caused Holtec Decommissioning International, LLC (Licensee), Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station, to be in violation of 10 CFR Part 73, Appendix B, Criterion VI.G, "Weapons, Personal Equipment, and Maintenance," Section 3(a), "Firearms maintenance program," when he failed to perform required annual material condition inspections of firearms and falsified the records submitted to the NRC that related to these activities. Specifically, Mr. Wright, deliberately did not perform required annual material condition inspections on all duty firearms as described in facility procedures and the Commission-approved Training and Qualification Plan. Additionally, after the NRC questioned him about not performing the annual material condition inspection, he inaccurately documented in the firearms maintenance logs that the inspections had been performed.

Mr. Michael Giles (IA-21-050)

On January 4, 2022, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a severity level III Notice of Violation to Michael Giles, a licensed senior reactor operator, for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 50.5(a)(1). Mr. Giles deliberately failed to report prescribed medications being taken, including the doses, which caused the facility licensee to maintain incomplete and inaccurate medical records.

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