Information Notice No. 85-69: Recent Felony Conviction for Cheating on Reactor Operator Requalification Tests
SSINS No.: 6835
NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
OFFICE OF INSPECTION AND ENFORCEMENT
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20555
August 15, 1985
Information Notice No. 85-69: RECENT FELONY CONVICTION FOR CHEATING ON
REACTOR OPERATOR REQUALIFICATION TESTS
All nuclear power reactor facilities holding an operating license (OL) or a
construction permit (CP). All NRC licensed reactor operators and senior
This information notice is being issued to reemphasize the importance of
integrity in the reactor operator licensing process and to emphasize the
seriousness of the issue by mentioning the recent felony conviction and
civil penalties resulting from cheating on reactor operator requalification
tests. It is expected that recipients will review this information for
applicability to their facilities and consider actions, if appropriate, to
preclude a similar problem from occurring at their facilities. No specific
action or written response is required.
Description of Circumstances:
In November of 1984, a former supervisor of operations at Three Mile Island
Unit Two was found guilty in the United States District Court, Harrisburg,
Pennsylvania on two felony counts involving violations of Title 18, United
States Code, Sections 1001 and 1002. The former supervisor, who was an
NRC-licensed operator, had submitted as his own work examinations which had
been substantially done and prepared by someone else. The examinations were
submitted in 1979 as part of the operator requalification program. The
former supervisor was sentenced in March 1985 to 2 years probation, 400
hours of community service, and a $2000 fine.
In addition to the individual felony conviction, the licensee (General
Public Utilities Nuclear) was previously fined $100,000 because the NRC
holds licensees responsible for the actions of their employees. The licensee
also was assessed $40,000 in civil penalties for cheating by other
individuals on licensee-administered quizzes and mock examinations.
Information Notice No. 84-11 was issued to highlight concerns with
inaccurate qualification records and deficiencies in reactor operator
training programs at other facilities.
August 15, 1985
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General Public Utilities Nuclear has taken the following actions in regard
to their reactor operator training program to prevent recurrence of licensed
operator requalification problems.
1. The various individuals were disciplined relative to their level of
involvement in the cheating problem.
2. The licensee implemented new examination security procedures to prevent
recurrence of cheating.
3. Through letters and interviews, senior management repeatedly emphasized
to all employees their policy that cheating would not be tolerated and
could be the basis for termination of employment.
Applicants, operators, and plant staffs should be aware of the importance of
accurate and complete records. NRC will not tolerate cheating or other
falsification of records.
No specific action or written response is required by this information
notice. If you have any questions about this matter, please contact the
Regional Administrator of the appropriate regional office or this office.
Edward L. Jordan Director
Division of Emergency Preparedness
and Engineering Response
Office of Inspection and Enforcement
Technical Contact: J. C. Stewart, IE
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