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NRC Action Number(s) and
Facility Name
Action Type
(Severity) &
Civil Penalty
(if any)
Louisiana Energy Services
03/30/2023 On March 30, 2023, the NRC issued a notice of violation (Notice) and Proposed Imposition of Civil Penalty to Louisiana Energy Services (licensee) for a Severity Level (SL) II problem. The SL II problem involved the licensee’s failure to (1) implement the appropriate item relied on for safety (IROFS) controls as required by 10 CFR 70.61(b) for a credible high consequence accident sequence included in the Integrated Safety Analysis; and (2) maintain independence between two IROFS during a barrier breach resulting in a degraded IROFS contrary to requirements in 10 CFR 70.61(b).
Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (d/b/a URENCO USA)
09/05/2019 On September 5, 2019, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (LES), for failure to comply with 10 CFR Part 95, Facility Security Clearance and Safeguarding of National Security Information and Restricted Data, when confidential matter was not stored in a safe, steel file cabinet, or safe-type steel file container that has an automatic unit locking mechanism or a locking steel file cabinet, and was subsequently removed from the site. Specifically, an Enrichment Technology – United States (ETUS) employee, serving as a contractor to, URENCO USA, willfully removed a component classified as Confidential-Restricted Data from its authorized storage location and placed that classified component in another ETUS employee’s lunchbox without his knowledge. The other ETUS employee subsequently exited the facility with his lunchbox, returned to his home, and did not discover that the component was in his lunchbox until the next morning. By removing the component from its authorized place of storage and placing it in the other ETUS employee’s lunchbox, the ETUS employee created conditions where the classified component did not remain under the direct control of an authorized individual while in use and was accessible to persons not authorized for access to the component, resulting in violation of multiple requirements of 10 CFR Part 95. This is a Severity Level III violation in accordance with NRC Enforcement Policy Section 6.13.
Louisiana Energy Services, LLC
06/14/2018 On June 14, 2018, the NRC issued a Notice of Violation to Louisiana Energy Services, LLC (LES) facility in Eunice, New Mexico for a Severity Level III violation. Specifically, the implementing procedure for items relied on for safety (IROFS) 16e and 16f, Procedure OP-3-0420-01, "Product System," did not provide adequate guidance to verify the type of cylinder to be processed on the licensee's logistics software and ensure that the correct IROFS 16 was implemented. Consequently, prior to filling a 30B cylinder with enriched UF6, operators failed to verify that the cylinder being loaded was a heeled cylinder and performed the incorrect IROFS that corresponded to a new/cleaned cylinder. As a result, the appropriate IROFS were not applied to limit the risk of a credible high-consequence event during product cylinder loading to the extent needed to reduce the likelihood of occurrence so that the event was highly unlikely.

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