2018 Reactor Actions
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U.S. Geological Survey Department Denver Federal Center (EA-18-111)
On December 31, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of a Civil Penalty in the amount of $7,250 to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), for a Severity Level III violation. The violation involves the failure of USGS to maintain complete and accurate records in all material respects. Specifically, on or about April 11, 2017, the Reactor Manager created inaccurate records by deliberately preparing documents indicating that all operators had completed their required training when the required training had not taken place, and then provided these documents to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspector during an inspection at the USGS reactor facility Denver Federal Center in April 2017.
Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Center (EA-18-037)
On December 17, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation with Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $232,000 to Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation (Wolf Creek) for a Severity Level II violation of 10 CFR 50.7. Specifically, between October 31 and November 10, 2016, Wolf Creek discriminated against a contract employee (a former site superintendent for Kan-Seal) for engaging in protected activities. Specifically, the contract employee was removed from the site, placed on paid administrative leave, and made the subject of an investigation, at least in part, for (1) submitting a condition report within the licensee's corrective action program related to alleged polar crane contact with equipment while operating within containment; (2) raising the safety concern during a safety stand down meeting; and (3) raising retaliation concerns directly to Wolf Creek management.
Peach Bottom Power Station, Exelon Generation Company (EA-18-107)
On December 11, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Exelon Generation Company (Exelon) for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding. Contrary to the requirements, Exelon failed to assure that a condition associated with the E-3 EDG scavenging air check valve was promptly identified and corrected. Specifically, after identifying on April 1, 2017, that the E-3 EDG scavenging air check valve assembly was loose due to wear around the interference fit pin, and identifying on September 20, 2017, that there was an oil leak on the scavenging air check valve dashpot assembly, Exelon did not take adequate corrective actions to address these adverse conditions. Additionally, the unavailability of the EDG resulted in a violation of Technical Specification 3.8.1, "ECCS-Operating," which requires all four EDGs to be operable in Mode 1, and if any EDG is inoperable that it be returned to operable status within 14 days or the unit shall down and in Mode 3 within 12 hours.
Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant (EA-18-064)
On December 10, 2018, the NRC issued a Severity Level III Notice of Violation to Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant for violations of 10 CFR 50.9, "Completeness and accuracy of information" and 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVII, "Quality Assurance Records." Specifically, the violation involved a condition report completed by a licensed operator, regarding an unexplained plant water level transient while shutdown, which documented false potential causes for the transient and for the potential condition adverse to quality which ultimately led to confusion regarding a plant system's status. The actual cause of the event was not a plant component failure but an underlying procedure violation not originally reported to plant supervision and known to be so by the operator responsible for the condition report.
Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (EA-18-008)
On April 13, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion V at Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station, associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding. Contrary to the requirements, FENOC failed to assure that activities affecting quality were prescribed by documented instructions, procedures, or drawings. Specifically, FENOC failed to provide appropriate instructions to calibrate the turbine bearing oil sight glasses for the Auxiliary Feedwater (AFW) pumps. This failure resulted in failure of the inboard turbine bearing on the number 1 AFW pump due to low bearing oil levels when the pump was tested in September 2017. Additionally, there are associated violations of Technical Specification 3.7.5, "Emergency Feedwater," which requires three trains of emergency feedwater available at power or restored to operable within 72 hours and plant shutdown if the 72 hour requirement cannot be met.
Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., and Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy) Grand Gulf Nuclear Station (EA-17-132 | EA-17-153)
On March 12, 2018, the NRC issued a Confirmatory Order (CO) to Entergy Nuclear Operations, Inc., and Entergy Operations, Inc. (Entergy), to formalize commitments made as a result of an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mediation session held on February 6, 2018. The commitments were made as part of a settlement agreement between Entergy and the NRC based on evidence gathered during two separate investigations in which the NRC had identified multiple examples of apparent violations of the NRC's Deliberate Misconduct rule by lower level employees at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station. The apparent willful violations were first reported to the NRC by Entergy, and included (1) an examination proctor providing inappropriate assistance on general employee training examinations given to non-utility (contractor) personnel, and (2) non-licensed operators failing to tour all required areas of their watch station and entering inaccurate information into the operator logs. In response, Entergy agreed to complete additional wide-ranging and fleet-wide corrective actions and enhancements, as fully discussed in the CO. In consideration of the corrective actions and commitments outlined in the CO, the NRC agreed not to pursue any further enforcement action (including issuance of a civil penalty) relating to the notice of apparent violations (Case Nos. EA-17-132 and EA-17-153; Office of Investigations Report Nos. 4-2016-004 and 4 2017-021, respectively).
Exelon Generation Company (Clinton Power Station) EA-17-203
On February 22, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Exelon Generation Company (Exelon) for a violation of Title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVI at Clinton Power Station, associated with a White Significance Determination Process finding. Contrary to the requirements, Exelon failed to assure that a condition adverse to quality was corrected. Specifically, Exelon failed to correct a degraded condition identified during an evaluation performed as a result of a Division 3 Shutdown Service Water pump failure in 2014. This failure resulted in a subsequent failure of the pump to run when tested in June 2017. Additionally, there are associated violations of Technical Specification 3.5.1, "ECCS-Operating," which requires High Pressure Core Spray (HPCS) to be restored to operable within 14 days and Technical Specification 3.7.2, "Division 3 Shutdown Service Water (SX) Subsystem" which requires HPCS to be declared inoperable immediately when SX is inoperable.
Vogtle Electric Units 1 and 2 (Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc.) EA-17-166
On February 20, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty in the amount of $145,000 to Southern Nuclear Operating Company, Inc. for a Problem at Vogtle Units 1 and 2. At least 13 non-licensed operators entered data related to equipment status, general area inspections, and housekeeping conditions for specific areas without actually entering those areas as required by a site procedure and NRC regulations - 10 CFR 50.9, Completeness and Accuracy of Information; 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion V, Procedures; and, 10 CFR 50, Appendix B, Criterion XVII, Quality Assurance Records.
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