464th Meeting - July 16, 1999
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON REACTOR SAFEGUARDS
464TH ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON REACTOR SAFEGUARDS (ACRS)
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Two White Flint North
Conference Room 2B3
11545 Rockville Pike
Friday, July 16, 1999
The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 8:31 a.m.
DANA POWERS, Chairman, ACRS
ROBERT SEALE, Member, ACRS
GEORGE APOSTOLAKIS, Member, ACRS
MARIO BONACA, Member, ACRS
ROBERT UHRIG, Member, ACRS
GRAHAM WALLIS, Member, ACRS
WILLIAM SHACK, Member, ACRS
THOMAS KRESS, Member, ACRS
JACK SIEBER, Member, ACRS. P R O C E E D I N G S
DR. POWERS: The meeting will now come to order. This is
the third day of the 464th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Reactor
Safeguards. During today's meeting, the committee will consider the
following, Highlights from the Incident Report System, Future ACRS
Activities, Report of the Planning and Procedures Subcommittee,
Reconciliation of ACRS Comments and Recommendations.
Portions of today's meeting will be closed to discuss
information provided in confidence by a foreign source. Organizational
and personnel matters that relate solely to the Internal Personnel Rules
and Practices of the Advisory Committee and matters, the release of
which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal
The meeting is being conducted in accordance with the
provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Dr. John T. Larkins
is the designated federal official for the initial portion of the
We have received no written statements or requests for time
to make oral statements from members of the public regarding today's
A transcript of portions of the meeting is being kept and it
is requested the speakers use one of the microphones, identify
themselves and speak with sufficient clarify and volume so they can be
The first order of business today is to discuss some
disciplinary actions that we have to take, and I want to call the
Executive Director of the ACRS before us to straighten him out severely
on some serious considerations here.
DR. SEALE: Flogging will cease when morale increases.
DR. POWERS: John, if you will come forward, we have to
discuss this serious problem you have of showing up for now almost 30
Maybe I can walk up here. He is getting so decrepit he
can't move around.
DR. POWERS: Interestingly enough, for one of her last acts
as the Chairman, Shirley Jackson said, boy, I have got to honor this guy
for 30 years of service to the government, and I hasten to add -- what,
the last -- how long have you been here?
DR. LARKINS: At the NRC?
DR. POWERS: No, at the ACRS. Too long.
DR. SEALE: Six years.
DR. LARKINS: Since '93.
DR. POWERS: Exemplary service to the ACRS. The plaque and
then the little diamond weight.
DR. WALLIS: Only diamond like.
DR. POWERS: And my heartiest congratulations.
DR. SEALE: John had his "gotcha" smile on there. Very
DR. POWERS: I think the ACRS is truthfully lucky to have an
individual of the technical competence and dedication that we have in
John, and it is a pleasure to work with you, John.
Now, we will turn to another very interesting area, the
Incident Reporting System, and, Mario, I think you are the cognizant
DR. BONACA: Yes.
DR. POWERS: And introduce our honored speaker, whom none of
us know very well and hardly recognize.
[Whereupon, at 8:35 a.m., the open session was recessed, to
reconvene in closed session at 8:35 p.m., this same day.]
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